Saddam understood mindset of the Mideast
Unfortunately, a recent letter writer is absolutely correct in stating the world was a safer place with Saddam Hussein in power. One must look at how the United States gave Saddam the weapons he had for use against Iran during the Iran-Iraq War.
Saddam made a profound proclamation during his trial. He stated that the West is making a big mistake, that we do not understand the Middle Eastern mindset and that the only thing his region of the world understands is an iron fist. Saddam provided that iron fist, like it or not, and kept all those factions from tearing themselves apart as they are now. The real reason for removing Saddam from power will probably never be known. But a safer world when he was in power? Yes, it was, unfortunately.