I was going to say what I’m about to say as a comment to someone else’s post, but since I’ve seen a few commenters on other posts around this place get their knuckles rapped for being insufficiently overjoyed about the capture of Saddam Hussein (or, in this case, for being insufficiently serious about it), I decided to post my opinion separately.
1) The capture of Saddam Hussein is an undeniably good thing and should be celebrated. Saddam was a bad bad man, and the fact that he is no longer at large is something to be glad about.
2) The capture of Saddam Hussein is NOT, however, a guarantee that all will necessarily be well for Iraq in the future. It only means Saddam himself won’t rise again; we still have no guarantee that whoever we appoint to replace him won’t eventually turn out to be as bad or even worse than he was. As W. said himself: “The capture of Saddam Hussein does not mean the end of violence in Iraq.” It won’t mean the end of terrorism anywhere else, either.
Celebrate the capture of Saddam all you like now. If you don’t mind, though, I’ll wait until I’m more confident Iraq is going to turn out OK before I join in.