Saddam

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It has been interesting to me to watch how Saddam, genocidal dictator of Iraq, was given a free pass by the media. A man who used chemical weapons and torture on millions over decades received essentially a free pass while George Bush seems to be vilified daily. I wonder if Hussein’s regime was covered by the press with the same detail that the horror of the Iraq war is, some would feel differently.

Here is the truth: while no one in their right mind enjoys the bloodshed in today’s Iraq…it pails overwhelmingly to the cruelty and bloodshed of the Hussein regime.

Lord haste the day when there will be no bloodshed in Iraq.

While there are some points in history in which I am not proud of my country’s actions…this is not one of them. This is an instance in which the USA stuck up for the voiceless and powerless who suffered under oppression, and overthrew one of the most ruthless and bloodiest dictators in history.

I understand that not everyone will agree with my position, and that the issue is far more complex than 1 blog post can deal with. That’s OK. This is my position. And, it’s one post.

Perhaps in later posts we can take up pacifism, the death penalty, just war, etc.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. I agree with you. I also agree that the media plays a big part in how people view and react to what is going on. They never tell the whole story, only what benefits them at the time. Chris and I were just talking about this the other day. No one likes war, but I’m so tired of hearing about how horrible president Bush is. And apparently he was even listed in some poll in the paper as the year’s biggest villain. Above Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. That just makes me sick. We were talking about 9/11 and what started all of this. Remembering where we were when we found out and watching as the second plane hit the twin towers. It still makes me cry to even think about it. How can people just forget what it was that started the war in the first place. It’s sad. It makes me sad. Come, Lord Jesus, Come.

  2. I agree…you know what stands out in what you wrote…and scares me the most…is the media. America is or was strong because of its free press. But the press has become something different…perhaps dangerous. Now the media is often controlled by ideas bad for America… and even far from the known truth. And these ideas are being followed blindly by many.

  3. I’m with you. Most forget the events leading up to the invasion of Iraq. Saddam snubbed his nose at the U.N. and the resolutions made against him by the security council. He kept trying to thwart WMD inspectors, keeping them out of certain areas. Every intelligence agency in the world thought he had WMD’s, and he probably did and was able to hide them, probably in Syria. People who villify G.W. over and above Saddam amaze me, also. I want us out of there, but gee whiz, give our president a break.