- May 2014
Na, Saddam just tried to do what many others had done before--become a hegemon. He just didn't have the brains to do it right. It was stupid to invade Iran in 1980, because it was too strong. Likewise his timing in invading Kuwait was catastrophic. By 1990 he no longer had the USSR to back him up, so there was nothing to prevent the US and its allies from concentrating their forces against him, and then clobbering him. Had he refrained from attacking Iran, properly defended Osirak, built up his strength, and went after Kuwait (and maybe Saudi Arabia too) around 1985 he might well have turned Iraq into a superpower. I don't doubt Saddam was brutal on the domestic front but the alternative was/is the paradise we see today...Basically the only problem I have with him is his foreign policy. IMO he just didn't have a clue how to do things right and squandered great opportunities.