Can the rise, fall and execution of Saddam be seen as the rise, fall and execution of mankind? Not exactly, but there are some warning signs that we the human race should be heeding.
In the beginning, it was the United States government that helped Saddam to become a tyrant that had weapons. Sure, the powers that be thought it was a good idea because it benefited them in one way or another, but the present situation couldn’t have become as volatile as it is without our governments help in the first place. And in the end, we handed him to the people to execute.
That is one huge warning right there- play with fire and you’ll get burned. Considering all the weapons of mass destruction that the U.S. and other countries have, there is always the possibility of global destruction. And it doesn’t matter if the person using it feels that they are on the moral right, the person on the other side feels that they are too.
Another lesson that the U.S. leaders should have learned by now is that it is not a good idea to give weaponry aid to anyone! That means even the nations that are on our side, since they might not always be on our side. After all, give a loaded gun to your small child and you might get shot- and you would deserve it. If you must help to protect someone- help by protecting your citizens first!
An article on AC, named “Am I the Only One that Views the Execution of Saddam Wrong?” and written by Ninigurl, broaches the possibility of world leaders duking it out or playing thumb wrestling. While the idea sounds childish, maybe she was on the right track. Saddam didn’t have to feel any pain or loss, that is until he was about to hang. Lesson number three- if the leaders had to feel the pain and loss of their actions, they might not want to fight. So if the leaders (Bush in particular) refuse to have bullets flying at their heads or at having to have his child killed overseas, then they shouldn’t be allowed to send us there either.
There is however a lesson to be learned for humanity in general, and it seems like Congress may have figured it out. We are like fish caught into a whirlpool. The current is only taking us one way and that is deeper into the abyss. Not a single fish can change the current, and neither can a few.
However, by pulling together and watching each others back, humanity might be able to swim out of this mess. Much like in the WWII when everyone had to pull together to save a portion of humanity.