I know that almost all sincere Iraq war opponents believe that they oppose Saddam Hussein as well as opposing war. However, I maintain that they actually are supporting Saddam. Three reasons why:
The only practical means of toppling Saddam’s Ba’ath Party rule would appear to be an American-led invasion. If the anti-war people succeed in preventing an American attack, they will also succeed in keeping Saddam in power, even though that wasn’t their goal. It would be cold comfort to Saddam’s future victims of murder and torture that the anti-war folks didn’t intend them to be victims.
In a tendentious political debate, the sides become polarized. Anti-war people typically find themselves ignoring or minimizing Saddam’s evil. Here are some examples:[ul][li] In the big peace demonstrations, there was virtually no call for Saddam to obey the UN resolutions and give up his WMDs. They focused entirely on what the US was doing wrong. Some anti-war people actually will argue that Saddam is OK because he hasn’t started a war in over 10 years. (This was an argument made by a very smart Chemistry professor friend, who has been President of her professional society.) Anti-war folks may take an optimistic view of how long it will take Saddam to acquire nuclear weapons. Some of the more extreme anti-war folks have claimed or implied that Saddam is more trustworthy than President Bush.[/ul]3. Saddam cheered the anti-war demonstrations. He considered them to be supporting his regime.[/li]
For these reasons, I believe that anti-war folks are pro-Saddam, even though that’s not their intent.