In the realm of dictators and monsters, Saddam Hussein was third rate at best. He killed hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps several million. That is a piker compared to Hitler, Mao and Stalin. He turned a dictatorship into a worse dictatorship. That is nothing compared to the late and unlamented dictator of Chile who with the help of Richard Nixon turned a democracy into a hell hole. He started two wars and lost both. So has George W, Bush. Saddam was nothing more than a bush league dictator who managed to offend all of his sponsors in the world. Then he out-witted himself by pretending to possibly have weapons of mass destruction which he had destroyed out of fear. How did a man like George W. Bush turn a piece of crap like Saddam Hussein into a martyr? Saddam's legacy in history will owe much to a man, much like him. A totally ruthless incompetent.
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