Posts Tagged ‘tyranny’

Tales of tyranny: links 10/22/2021

October 22, 2021

U.S. Treats Imprisoned Drone Whistleblower Like He’s a Terrorist by thedissenter.

Supreme Court hearings on Palestinian man anally raped and hung from hooks by CIA causes Biden administration to tremble by Erik Striker for National Justice.

Photos inside Riker’s Island expose hellish, deadly conditions by Gabrille Fonrouge for the New York Post.

42 Seconds After This Photo Was Taken, Police Shot 16-year-old Payton Ham Dead by Dave McKenna for Defector.

Biden’s DOJ uses a Trump tactic: Federal prosecutors label Black Lives Matter protesters terrorists by Rachel Barkow for the New York Daily News.

U.S. kidnaps Venezuelan diplomat for defying sanctions regime by Bill Van Auken for the World Socialist Web Site.

There are worse things than an evil tyrant’s rule

October 13, 2014

Although I had misgivings that the U.S. rationale for invading Iraq in 2003 was based on lies, I thought the overthrow of Saddam Hussein was a good thing, not a bad thing.

Saddam HusseinHe had massacred his own people, the Kurdish people in the north and the Marsh Arabs in the south.  I felt ashamed that the U.S. government in 1991 called upon these people to rise up against Saddam and then left them to their fate.  I thought the invasion could be a way of making things right.

One thing that stuck in my mind is that Saddam issued an edict that those who insulted him or his sons would have their tongues cut out.  Amnesty International tracked down someone who suffered that fate.  Surely, I thought, nothing could be worse than such a tyrant’s rule.

But I was wrong.  The people of Iraq are worse off now than they were under Saddam.  At least 100,000 Iraqis were killed in the fighting in Iraq, and some claim as much as a million.  Nobody knows.  There are a million Iraqi refugees.  The age-old Christian community in Iraq is threatened with extinction.

There is something worse than the rule of an evil tyrant, and that is the collapse of governmental authority and, in extreme cases, the whole structure of society.   When people are faced with chaos and unpredictable, uncontrollable killing, robbery and rape, they will turn to anybody that offers protection and order—even the Taliban in Afghanistan, even (perhaps) ISIS in Iraq and Afghanistan.