Slight edits so as not to give frighten off the children too soon.
1. Has Saddam Hussein been as evil as mainstream media says? Domestically? Internationally?
He is as evil as they come, ranking with Suharto and other monsters of the modern era. No one would want to be within his reach. But fortunately, his reach does not extend very far.
Internationally, Saddam invaded Iran [. . .], and when that war was going badly turned to chemical weapons [. . .]. He invaded Kuwait and was quickly driven out.
Saddam's worst crimes, by far, have been domestic, including the use of chemical weapons against Kurds and a huge slaughter of Kurds in the late 80s, barbaric torture, and every other ugly crime you can imagine. These are at the top of the list of terrible crimes for which he is now condemned, rightly. It's useful to ask how frequently the impassioned denunciations and eloquent expressions of outrage are accompanied by three little words: "with our help."
Oh, the excised bits just mentioned how Saddam's earlier crimes were committed with Western support. The sort of thing Chomsky insists on mentioning on a regular basis, even when he's not being fed softball questions by ZNet's Michael Albert.
Saw this earlier, figured it wasn't going to help, then spotted a link at dangerousmeta and figured screw it.
Considering the source, you may safely ignore anything which conflicts with your comfort zone. Instead, express shock and amazement that Chomsky says that Saddam Hussein is a bad person, and pretend that he hasn't been saying the same thing for several years.
They also link to an article about the Patricia Meili - Matias Reyes - Central Park incident, although they refrain from giving her name, instead listing the alleged attackers. Mention is made of their confessions, which really settles the matter. Coerced confessions only happen in television shows and in other countries. Not here. Never, ever here.
Besides, the article appears in that bastion of theliberalmedia, the New York Times, so you may safely ignore anything which conflicts with your comfort zone. And one day you, too, can be a warblogger.
If you're really good, you get a name with "-Pundit" at the end.