While I generally do not believe living in the past, I think it is worthwhile to look where we have been in order to learn from the past and determine how to move forward. Thus, while I think much of the discussion of whether we should have gone into Iraq in the first place has little use in the discussion of current policy, it is worth taking an objective look at where we have been and where there is a great deal of misinformtion being promoted in the media.
- Saddam terrorized his own people. Iraq was a dictatorship with no free speech and where anyone was subject to torture if those in power were so inclined.
- Saddam promoted international terrorism. Iraq was awarding $25,000 to the families of suicide bombers in order to create additional instability in the Middle East.
- Saddam kept remains of his nuclear arms program and his biological weapons program. While inspectors