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English: Former President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, makes a point during his initial interview by a special tribunal, where he is informed of his alleged crimes and his legal rights. Deutsch: der ehemalige Präsident des Irak, Saddam Hussein, bei seiner Stellungnahme während seiner ersten Hörung vor dem Sondertribunal, bei der er über die Anklagepunkte und seine Rechte informiert wurde. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Was it worth US$2 trillion to rid Iraq of Saddam Hussein and his two sons? No, I don’t think so. It would have been far cheaper to pay them a ransom of $5-$10 billion each to vacate Iraq with their lives than to spend so much US treasure, kill 200,000, injure countless more Americans and Iraqis, and wreck Iraq just to replace a Sunni regime with a Shiite one aligned with Iran. How stupid can the American government be? Pretty darned stupid if it’s GW Bush listening to his Neocon advisers, and backed by a spineless media.

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There is one division in the Muslim religion that splits believers into two groups, Sunnis and Shiites. Shiites are the majority in Iran and Iraq and are sizable minorities in several other nations. Shiites are considered to be heretics by some Sunnis. There also are many other beliefs under the Muslim umbrella, how many I do not presently know.

Christianity has three divisions, protestant, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox. Protestantism has numerous denominations, churches and sects. No one is capable or authorized by a Higher Power to determine whether a church or a belief is better, more correct, than another. That is not for us to decide; it is reserved for God and He has not authorized any person to speak for Him.
But that does not stop some people from trying. Before the US was founded and established freedom of religion, citizens in a country were often required to adhere to the king’s religion. If they did not, it was frequently considered treason and could be punished by a gruesome death.

The US Constitution prohibits the government from establishing a state religion. That does not stop some religious leaders and politicians from injecting religion into politics. There is no religious test for elective office; all religions are equal under the law. And some leaders claim that their religion is more equal than another.