Finally Got Our Frankenstein...
And He Was In A Spider Hole!
Michael Moore, MichaelMoore.com,
December 14, 2003
God Saddam is finally back in American hands! He must have really
missed us. Man, he sure looked bad! But, at least he got a free
dental exam today. That's something most Americans can't get.
used to like Saddam. We LOVED Saddam. We funded him. We armed
him. We helped him gas Iranian troops.
then he screwed up. He invaded the dictatorship of Kuwait and,
in doing so, did the worst thing imaginable -- he threatened an
even BETTER friend of ours: the dictatorship of Saudi Arabia,
and its vast oil reserves. The Bushes and the Saudi royal family
were and are close business partners, and Saddam, back in 1990,
committed a royal blunder by getting a little too close to their
wealthy holdings. Things went downhill for Saddam from there.
it wasn't always that way. Saddam was our good friend and ally.
We supported his regime. It wasn't the first time we had helped
a murderer. We liked playing Dr. Frankenstein. We created a lot
of monsters -- the Shah of Iran, Somoza of Nicaragua, Pinochet
of Chile -- and then we expressed ignorance or shock when they
ran amok and massacred people. We liked Saddam because he was
willing to fight the Ayatollah. So we made sure that he got billions
of dollars to purchase weapons. Weapons of mass destruction. That's
right, he had them. We should know -- we gave them to him!
allowed and encouraged American corporations to do business with
Saddam in the 1980s. That's how he got chemical and biological
agents so he could use them in chemical and biological weapons.
Here's the list of some of the stuff we sent him (according to
a 1994 U.S. Senate report):
Bacillus Anthracis, cause of anthrax.
Clostridium Botulinum, a source of botulinum toxin.
Histoplasma Capsulatam, cause of a disease attacking lungs, brain,
spinal cord, and heart.
Brucella Melitensis, a bacteria that can damage major organs.
Clostridium Perfringens, a highly toxic bacteria causing systemic
Clostridium tetani, a highly toxigenic substance.
here are some of the American corporations who helped to prop
Saddam up by doing business with him: AT&T, Bechtel, Caterpillar,
Dow Chemical, Dupont, Kodak, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM (for a full
list of companies and descriptions of how they helped Saddam,
were so cozy with dear old Saddam that we decided to feed him
satellite images so he could locate where the Iranian troops were.
We pretty much knew how he would use the information, and sure
enough, as soon as we sent him the spy photos, he gassed those
troops. And we kept quiet. Because he was our friend, and the
Iranians were the "enemy." A year after he first gassed
the Iranians, we reestablished full diplomatic relations with
he gassed his own people, the Kurds. You would think that would
force us to disassociate ourselves from him. Congress tried to
impose economic sanctions on Saddam, but the Reagan White House
quickly rejected that idea -- they wouldn't let anything derail
their good buddy Saddam. We had a virtual love fest with this
Frankenstein whom we (in part) created.
just like the mythical Frankenstein, Saddam eventually spun out
of control. He would no longer do what he was told by his master.
Saddam had to be caught. And now that he has been brought back
from the wilderness, perhaps he will have something to say about
his creators. Maybe we can learn something... interesting. Maybe
Don Rumsfeld could smile and shake Saddam's hand again. Just like
he did when he went to see him in 1983.
Shaking Hands: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets
Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President
Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983.
we never would have been in the situation we're in if Rumsfeld,
Bush, Sr., and company hadn't been so excited back in the 80s
about their friendly monster in the desert.
anybody know where the guy is who killed 3,000 people on 9/11?
Our other Frankenstein?? Maybe he's in a mouse hole.
many of our little monsters, so little time before the next election.
strong, Democratic candidates. Quit sounding like a bunch of wusses.
These bastards sent us to war on a lie, the killing will not stop,
the Arab world hates us with a passion, and we will pay for this
out of our pockets for years to come. Nothing that happened today
(or in the past 9 months) has made us ONE BIT safer in our post-9/11
world. Saddam was never a threat to our national security.
our desire to play Dr. Frankenstein dooms us all.