This is an excerpt from today's news: ___________________________________________________ April 9 — Iraqis took to the streets Wednesday to tear down a statue of Saddam Hussein as his regime lost control of Baghdad, three weeks to the day that President Bush launched a war to oust the Iraqi leader. "I'm 49, but I never lived a single day. Only now will I start living," said Yussuf Abed Kazim, a mosque preacher, as he bashed the statue's pedestal with a sledgehammer, knocking off tile and concrete. "That Saddam Hussein is a murderer and a criminal." In images showed live across the Arab world, Iraqis danced in the streets, waving rifles, palm fronds and flags, and defaced posters of the longtime Iraqi president. American troops moving through the Iraqi capital drew instant crowds. One unit was swarmed by cheering Iraqis, with women lifting their babies for the soldiers to kiss. Young men shouted, "Bush No. 1, Bush No. 1." ____________________________________________________ With the Iraqis themselves cheering in the streets, celebrating the first sweet taste of freedom they've ever known, who are we to question this war? Perhaps the Iraqis WANTED this! If they are happy to see Saddam ousted, then who are the French, the Germans, the Russians, or the Chinese to say that he must be allowed to remain in power?? The people of Iraq certainly were not able to oust him themselves, or it would have been done decades ago. Where are all of you who people who were saying this war would be a civilian bloodbath? That US and British forces would be carting off tankers full of stolen Iraqi oil? In particular, who was the obnoxious fool on this message board who predicted that Saddam would "kick Bush's ass" ???? Let the Iraqi people decide what is best for the Iraqi people. It seems to me they are already doing so.