Just how evil was Saddam Hussein? In Hussein's 30 year hold on power he has
launched two attacks on the neighbouring states of Iran and Kuwait . That,
however, merely puts Iraq in the same category with Israel which has acted
likewise in the '67 War and again in 1982 with the invasion of Lebanon. Despite
the advertisements of the Israeli government, Israel was never
seriously threatened in either case.
Nor was either attack on Iraq 's neighbours entirely irrational or without
justification. The revolution in Iran brought to power a radical Shiite
theocracy which was determined to export its revolution across the border where
Shiite underground groups with close ties to Iranian intelligence had carried
out terrorist attacks and assassinations against the Iraqi government, a
country whose population was 60% Shiite. In 1980, because Iran was distracted
and weakened by the throes of the theocratic revolution, and in the face of
efforts of Tehran to promote revolts by both the Shiites and the Kurd
populations in Iraq, Saddam launched a limited war aimed at
capturing a strip of land along their common border. The result was an eight
year long war in which both sides suffered a million or so casualties.
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