Saddam Hussein was a ruthless dictator whose capture is an event that should be celebrated. He needs to be held accountable for his murderous actions as dictator of Iraq.
While the capture of Hussein is monumental it by no means brings us much closer to the end of the war in Iraq. This much was evident by the surroundings in which Hussein was captured. While he may have been in control for some time after the war started whatever power he once possessed was long gone. From his hole in the ground and by his disheveled look he was no longer in control of anything, except which hole he was going to duck into next. Yet the attacks continued and will continue.
Again while the capture of Hussein is significant, we have to ask the question of our continued presence in Iraq. If we recall this was to be a swift war with the stated purpose of ousting Hussein and his ruling party - mission accomplished. We were also there to unearth the huge stockpiles weapons of mass destruction and vats of chemical weapons - none found. In reality, we went to Iraq to protect the oil fields! Saddam wanted to control the Gulf regions, which produced 40% of the world’s oil. America was the only power that could stop the wile Desert Fox. Saddam meant to control the Arab Gulf States of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, and Iraq. The oil they represented would give Saddam the power to become a grave threat not only to Arab interests but also to the entire world that depended heavily on oil for their survival.
Least we forget, America aided and abated the rise to power of Saddam Hussein in the 60s when we assisted in the rise to power of the then pro-Western Baath Party and acting President Ahmad Hasan al-Bakr, with Saddam a close ally. Eventually Saddam Hussein killed all the pretenders and established himself as the ruthless Dictator of Iraq. His attack on Kuwait in which he signaled his real intentions, “the Mad Dictator of Iraq meant to establish Hegemony over the entire Arab world and take control of 40% of the world’s oil!
The only power in the world to top Saddam was America. And that is why we are there and will remain until Iraq is ruled by Arabian rulers that are not bent on world conquest but on peaceful coexistence with its neighbors and the international community of nations.