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Blow-back: Comparing Saddam Hussein to Che Guevara

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I wanted to end this Easter Day with a joyous piece in which man does have it within to help out those in need, only to find out that ten U.S. soldiers died this Easter weekend.  That joyous piece will just have to wait.  The emotional high I was feeling was knocked out of me as I read that.  Somehow this madness must end.  If that is not bad enough, six Canadian forces lost their lives in Afghanistan as they were hit by a road-side bomb.  While many rejoiced in both the United States and Canada, sixteen families are left grieving. 

We were told by President Bush and those that supported the war in Iraq that we would be thought of as liberators and our soldiers greeted with flowers.  That has not been the case and senators like John McCain should take note as he used our soldiers to stroll through a market place in Baghdad.  The security that surrounded him should have told him and the American people that the Iraqi people feel differently. 

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I was absolutely stunned, but not really surprised to read last night this article, Iraqis Wish to Put up Saddam's Statue. That is because I have read about and wrote of a similar situation based upon the actions of the United States government’s actions using the CIA.  I will speak of that further on in this piece.  

As reported by “Iraqis who once celebrated and even participated in pulling down Saddam Hussein's statue four years ago when US tanks rolled into Baghdad in a heart-breaking scene for many Arabs and Muslims are now lamenting the good old days under the late president.” We have all been told by our government that Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator, so it boggles the mind how the Iraqi people can long for the “good old days” under his regime.   

Perhaps we should have left well enough alone since we have had the nasty habit of interfering in foreign governments in the past.  We namely the Bush administration and those that supported this war did not have to take down Saddam Hussein and ultimately hang him. 

Maybe, just maybe we should have left that up to the Iraqi people to choose their own destiny instead of us forcing them to do so. Besides, it was Osama bin Laden that attacked us and not Saddam Hussein, but try telling that to a liar (President Bush) and a greedy one at that.  Right there with the many lies told to the American people and congress are grounds for impeachment, but oops, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi stated that any talk of impeachment is “off the table” She said that before the 2006 midterm elections.  I still disagree as do countless others.  That is a topic that others have screamed about in their articles and one that I will do as well in an ensuing article. 

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After reading the above article I was not at all surprised to read that thousands of Iraqis took to the streets in a demonstration against the United States in Najaf.  When we toppled the statue of Saddam Hussein we replaced it with what came to be known as the "Freedom Sculpture" Instead of seeing it as being the symbol of freedom, the only ones who paid homage to it were our U.S. forces.  Iraqis could not be bothered with it.  I wonder why; don’t you?  

Reuters reported, "Moqtada al-Sadr for a big anti-American stated to his followers, "In order to end the occupation, you will go out and demonstrate," who blames the U.S.-led invasion for Iraq's unrelenting violence,"  

During the I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby trial the foundation of that case was the outing of Valerie Plame as an undercover CIA agent.  It was done by the powers that be who many believe to be Vice President Cheney and Karl Rove.  We were angered that an agent who is charged with our well being and safety as a country in a vengeful act could be outed. It was done so as an act of revenge since her husband Joe Wilson stated that Iraq was not looking to purchase yellow cake (weapons grade uranium) from Niger. That allegation we know that allegation turned out to be false.  I do believe that anyone who outs a CIA agent is guilty of treason; don’t you?  

As angry as we were of that outing, the CIA does not and has never had a stellar reputation.  In fact a word that I would use to describe it nefarious and that is how I will tie in both what has now happened in Iraq to another event in our history in which the CIA was responsible for a blow-back.  Blow-back often refers to when an action by our government or any government has a negative result or one that they did not envision.  

I want to take you back in time when the CIA took someone else out who they saw as a threat to our security as a nation.  Although the man that I am about to write of was not a brutal dictator as Saddam Hussein was.  He was however thought to be a revolutionary and his name was Ernesto Guevara also known as ‘Che’ in this biography, you will read, “The working class and poor farmers were routinely bullied, tortured and even murdered by regimes backed by the CIA and US. big business.” You will also read, “Che’s growing dislike for the mistreatment of the people led him to join the people’s resistance movement in Guatemala and support Arbenz. Che recounts in his own words the mercenaries’ treatment of the workers,” I believe his beliefs were the very essence of what made him a threat to us.  

Unlike Saddam who we thought of as a brutal dictator and in reality was, "Che was a passionate advocate for agrarian reforms that gave land to the poor farmers that worked on the land. Che also fought for literacy campaigns and human rights."  As one reads his biography his ideas of land reform and his ties to Fidel Castro did concern the United States.  Che was a socialist or as some will say a Marxist that believed that factories “should serve social interests rather then being driven by profit motive.” He also believed that hospitals should be built to care for the poor and schools built to educate these children.  

At times, I wonder and so should you exactly what is wrong with moral goals such as that.  One does not have to be a socialist or Marxist to want what is best for those who have often been left behind not only in this country, but the world.  It is called human decency and caring for one another.  

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I do find his biography to be fascinating, but what I have known for many years and have even written of in the past for another web site is that on Oct 9th 1967 his execution was ordered and it has been reported by several news sources to be done at the hands of the CIA.  In his biography you will read, “A CIA agent requested that Bolivian doctors cut off Che’s head and hands so he could later verify Che’s identity. The Bolivians, scared of public opinion refused to cut off Che’s head but did cut off his hands at the wrists and made a mold of his face. Che’s body was then secretly thrown in a ditch and buried.” As we all know Saddam’s execution was botched when someone was allowed to record the complete execution using a cell phone and Saddam was seen being taunted before he fell through the trap doors.  

In a past piece in which I did write of his hanging, I did see the complete execution of Saddam, but one has to ask; how did that affect the Iraqi people.  I want to warn you, if you have not seen Saddam’s complete hanging; do so with caution. If you do so, then maybe you will have a better understanding of the Iraqi people and their outrage.

If you do not believe this biography and wish to gain your knowledge from another source, one only has to view this feed called Secrets of the CIA as produced by Sky Television, which is a British television station owned by Rupert Murdoch.  As we all know, Rupert Murdoch owns Fox News and one must ask this question; why doesn’t he have the guts to show this video to the American people?  In this hour and a half feed you will come to learn it was the CIA that did take out Che Guevara.  I really suggest that all of you sit down and watch this feed.  Within it you will hear that his assassination by the CIA was the “biggest blunder” and in doing so, those that did follow him, “turned him into an icon” In fact according to that feed, it was stated that “Che had to go” Now does that sound familiar as President Bush lied us into this war?   

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