Edward Said (University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University), in the latest Palestine Chronicle:
Hardly a single journalist except Helen Thomas has taken the administration to task for the outrageous lies and confected “facts” that were spun out about Iraq as an imminent military threat to the US before the war, just as now the same government propagandists, whose cynically invented and manipulated “facts” about WMD are now more or less forgotten or shrugged off as irrelevant, are let off the hook by media heavies in discussing the awful, the literally inexcusable situation for the people of Iraq that the US has now single-handedly and irresponsibly created there. However else one blames Saddam Hussein as a vicious tyrant, which he was, he had provided the people of Iraq with the best infrastructure of services like water, electricity, health, and education of any Arab country. None of this is any longer in place.
And Mussolini had the trains running on time. Said has inspired me to write a song. Sing along, if you like:
Saddam’s Land (sung to Dixie Land)
Oh, I wish I was in the land of Saddam,
The Glory days are now forgotten,
‘lectricity, WMD, tryanny, praise Allah!
In Saddam’s land Ba’athist were thrivin’,
No mention of Kurds a Dyin’,
Look away, explain away, lie away, where’s the UN?
Oh I wish we had a tyrant, No Cares, No Wares!
In Saddam’s Land I raised my hand
In praise of our new fascism.
No way, USA, no Way, Saddam was better.