The Guardian January 28, 2004

We finally got our Frankenstein...
and he was in a spider hole!

Michael Moore

Thank 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. That's something most Americans can't get.

America used to like Saddam. We LOVED Saddam. We funded him. We 
armed him. We helped him gas Iranian troops.

But 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.

But 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! 

We 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 US 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 causingsystemic illness. 
*Clostridium tetani, a highly toxigenic substance. And 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. 

We were so cosy 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 re-established full diplomatic relations with him!

Later 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. 

And, 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.

Maybe 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.

Meanwhile, anybody know where the guy is who killed 3000 people 
on 9/11? Our other Frankenstein?? Maybe he's in a mouse hole.

So many of our little monsters, so little time before the next 

Stay 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 nine months) has made us ONE BIT 
safer in our post-9/11 world. Saddam was never a threat to our 
national security.

Only our desire to play Dr. Frankenstein dooms us all.

Yours, Michael Moore

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