Wednesday, July 23, 2003

This changes nothing

So Uday and Qusay Hussein are dead. Woo-hoo. Big deal. I guess its important if you're keeping score (and I expect Bush will make another disgusting, smirking speech to count coup), but it's been clear for some time that Saddam and his sons are no longer relevant to the situation in Iraq. The Iraqis aren't resisting the Americans because they're loyal to Saddam - they're doing it because they want their country back. And killing the ousted tyrant or his flunkies isn't going to change that one iota.

Update: As usual, Steve Gilliard on Daily Kos puts it better than me:

OK, let's say we get Saddam as well. What happens next? Do Iraqis jump up and down and stop killing Americans? Or do they ask why we're still there once the threat's been eliminated.