The following is verbatim the words of one Iraqi describing the trial of Saddam Hussein and the reactions of people around him.
I reproduce it verbatim not because I agree or disagree but rather so that the feelings of these Iraqis are known and recognized for what they are. This is the situation the US has put itself in in Iraq. These are the regular people who oppose them now. This is why unilateral invasion of a country is NEVER a good idea.
“This is insulting,” said a customer who put his hand on his forehead when Saddam appeared walking to his cage. “It’s hard to see your president who ruled you for 35 years in this situation,” he added. “Why do they keep him in the cage?” he wondered. “Is he going to fly?”
“huh! They are trying Saddam in the American Capital in Baghdad, the green zone.”
When Saddam rejected to identify himself, the crowd clapped. “I swear he is a hero,” said one of the crowd. “Look at his brave and strong look,” he added.
This is what 35 years of brainwashing does… and this is why it can’t simply be wished away by knights in shining armour.
Take the 10 minutes.. and please read the entire thing. You will then understand the deep deep divide in Iraq.