I wrote this somewhere else first:
It’s a fundamental concept in Greek mythology: cut one of the heads off the infinitely-headed Lernaean Hydra, another head takes its place. Same goes for geopolitics. The question of whether Saddam Hussein was a threat is completely irrelevant. If you want to change the world for the better, then assassinating or executing or otherwise doing away with a “bad guy” is not only pointless, but dangerous, as doing so will only anger the beast. (The beast, in this case, is death and destruction and pain and misery on a mass scale for men and women and children.) So you can pretty much stop arguing over whether there is any connection between Sadaam Hussein and Osama bin Laden or Adolf Hitler or Donald Rumsfeld or or or or or. Here’s your answer: yes, they’re all connected, and they all either love each other or hate each other. If they love each other, they cooperate to kill and maim and otherwise inflict chaos and dread in the populi of all countries; if they hate each other, they compete for the right to be the foremost head on the Hydra of madness and blood and death and death and death. Whaddya gonna do. How do your solve it. Here’s an ice cream cone. Smile. Drop off a care package for your new neighbor. Stop beating your wife and kids, when in Rome don’t spit on the locals, sit up straight, and start acting like a decent human being. Or, just keep feeling like you’re “helping” by cheering the death of another human being. Whatever blows your skirt up, baby.