…is how long it would have lasted in Iraq before Saddam’s tanks rolled in and started massacring people.
The other day I watched a video of the Cairo protesters dancing and singing “Hosni Mubarak has gone mad” and “Get out Hosni Mubarak”. They were waiving their signs and stuff, was adorable. Reminded me of another video I saw of Iraqis dancing and singing. It was slightly different – from 1991 and the crowd were Republican Guard, and they were waiving around severed heads. That was adorable too.
Twitter? Facebook? Google execs? Demonstrations? Are you kidding me? You want to compare this to Iraq!? Three hundred people died in these 18 days; in the months following the ’91 Shia and Kurdish uprisings Saddam’s thugs tortured, mutilated and killed tens of thousands and subsequently destroyed 90% of the Southern Marshes – an area originally the size of Wales, and one of the most beautiful natural treasures of the Middle East. The punishment continued up until the downfall.
No, Saddam is not “only a little different to Mubarak”, he’s a lot different, like on another level entirely. His regime is more comparable in brutality to Khmer Rouge, the Mongols and some of those crazy dictators from the caucuses who boil people alive (I think Saddam preferred acid baths to boiling, not sure).
I think Shia and Kurds need to actively remember the crimes of the past, because peoples’ memories are short, and popular opinion (that is, Arab propaganda) tends to overshadow reality. Ultimately, it’s not for Saddam’s apologists that we need to do this, they aren’t worth the time of day, it’s for our own selves and our children.