In Iraq, everything comes from Hussein, not only what is painful but also what is good. Protection from enemies and privation comes from Hussein, even if the enemies and privation were also brought on by Hussein. Food comes from Hussein. Life itself, for many Iraqis, comes from Hussein.
Is it surprising that some Iraqis, perhaps many, would die for him? How long will such filial devotion last? In the Soviet Union, it lingered after Stalin’s death, even after Nikita Khrushchev denounced him three years later. Some of it has returned. Russians still meet to pine for his glorious rule on the anniversary of his death.
Walter Reich in the LA Times.
Maybe this explains why over 65% of American’s still support Bush?