In 1979, the world was going to Hell. President Carter proved to be an impotent president and Iran held American Hostages for 444 days. Iraq went to war with Iran.
It is weird to think that for approximately eight years, I used to think as Iraq as a potential allay in the world, the old dictum that "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." I remember how upset we were on the Florida State campus in 1982 when Israel bombed an Iraqi nuclear power plant, another sign that Armageddon was near.
Hussein had a history of aggression, just ask the people of Kuwait.
One forgotten story on the eve of Black Monday in 1987, was Iraq "accidentally" bombing an American oil rig. Hussein would tweak the United Nations and would violate 11 resolutions. It would take the United States military to depose of this cruel dictator in a few weeks in 2003.
Given chaotic current events in Iraq, Saddam Hussien's death by hanging has turned into mere blip on the mainstream American media radar. The focus of hatred has shifted from this cruel man to the American military.
Hopefully the seeds of healing in Iraq will begin in 2007 with a new congress and a dead terrorist dictator. Perhaps daily prayers for the brave men and women who are in harm's way would be the perfect New Year's Resolution for 2007.