Trump praises Iraqi’s Sad­dam Hus­sein for killing ‘ter­ror­ists’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Worldwide -

CHAR­LOTTE — Don­ald Trump has praised late Iraqi dic­ta­tor Sad­dam Hus­sein for killing off “ter­ror­ists,” repris­ing pre­vi­ous com­ments in sup­port of lead­ers in the Mid­dle East and earn­ing a swift re­buke from White House ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton.

The US “shouldn’t have desta­bilised” Iraq, now a hot­bed for the Is­lamic State group 13 years af­ter the US-led in­va­sion, said Trump, who showed luke­warm sup­port for the war be­fore it took place and later op­posed it.

“He was a bad guy — re­ally bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed ter­ror­ists. He did that so good,” Trump told sup­port­ers. “They didn’t read them the rights. They didn’t talk. They were ter­ror­ists. It was over. To­day, Iraq is Har­vard for ter­ror­ism,” he added, re­fer­ring to the pres­ti­gious US univer­sity.

Shortly af­ter the re­marks, Clin­ton’s cam­paign pounced on Trump’s ap­par­ent sup­port of a strong­man, who was hanged in Iraq in 2006 for or­der­ing the sec­tar­ian killings of nearly 150 Shi­ites two decades ear­lier.

“Tonight, Trump yet again lauded Sad­dam Hus­sein as a great killer of ter­ror­ists, not­ing with ap­proval that he never both­ered to read any­one their rights. In re­al­ity, Hus­sein’s regime was a spon­sor of ter­ror­ism,” Clin­ton se­nior pol­icy ad­vi­sor Jake Sullivan said.

“Trump’s cav­a­lier com­pli­ments for bru­tal dic­ta­tors, and the twisted lessons he seems to have learned from their his­tory, again demon­strate how dan­ger­ous he would be as Com­man­der-in-Chief and how un­wor­thy he is of the of­fice he seeks.”

Paul Ryan, the Repub­li­can speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, did not back Trump when asked about the com­ments.

Sad­dam “was one of the 20th cen­tury’s most evil peo­ple. He was up there, and he com­mit­ted mass geno­cide against his own peo­ple us­ing chem­i­cal weapons. Sad­dam Hus­sein was a bad guy,” Ryan said on Fox News.

Last year, Trump said the world would be “100 per­cent” bet­ter off if Hus­sein and slain Libyan leader Muam­mar Gaddafi were still in power, adding that hu­man rights abuses are “worse than they ever were” in Iraq and Libya.

“I mean, look at Libya. Look at Iraq. Iraq used to be no ter­ror­ists. He (Sad­dam) would kill the ter­ror­ists im­me­di­ately, which is like now it’s the Har­vard of ter­ror­ism,” Trump said at the time. “If you look at Iraq from years ago, I’m not say­ing he was a nice guy, he was a hor­ri­ble guy, but it was a lot bet­ter than it is right now.”

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said yes­ter­day that Trump con­firms his be­lief that Trump isn’t qual­i­fied to be pres­i­dent “ev­ery time he speaks”, adding that he was con­fi­dent Amer­i­cans would ul­ti­mately re­ject the brash bil­lion­aire on elec­tion day.

Obama, clos­ing out his fi­nal pres­i­den­tial trip to Asia, said his meet­ings with for­eign lead­ers dur­ing the trip had il­lus­trated that govern­ing is “se­ri­ous busi­ness” re­quir­ing knowl­edge, prepa­ra­tion and thought-out poli­cies that can ac­tu­ally be im­ple­mented.

He urged Amer­i­cans not to al­low the “out­ra­geous be­hav­iour” seen amid the cam­paign-sea­son din to be­come the new nor­mal.

“The most im­por­tant thing for the pub­lic and the Press is to just lis­ten to what he says and fol­low up and ask ques­tions to what ap­pear to be ei­ther con­tra­dic­tory or un­in­formed or out­right whacky ideas,” Obama said.

Through­out the cam­paign, Obama has re­peat­edly de­nounced Trump and deemed him “un­fit” to serve as com­man­der-in-chief, while ar­gu­ing that his con­tro­ver­sial po­si­tions and com­ments are a step be­yond what Repub­li­can nom­i­nees have em­braced in the past. — AFP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.