Saddam is Hitler, we're told. We must learn from our past mistakes. The silence of European leaders preceding WWII allowed Hitler to move un-checked. If we had only heeded Churchill's early warnings.... The leaders of Europe weren't the only people keeping quiet though as the Nazis extended their power over the continent and slaughtered 6 million Jews. Many well-meaning German citizens kept quiet too. These people weren't evil killers...they simply had pride in their country, and put their trust in their nation's leaders. Our embargo of Iraq has killed anywhere between 500,000 and 1,500,000 Iraqis. During the Gulf War, the US deliberately bombed and destroyed water and sewage treatment plants (check the official government website: www.gulflink.osd.mil). The subsequent embargo then prevented the shipment of needed medicines, water purifiers, infant milk formula, food and other supplies. If this doesn't fall under the definition of genocide, I don't know what does. You might feel comfortable putting your faith in our country's leaders and "doing something" about "terrorism" in this manner. I, however, can't sit by idly as a silent accomplice to genocide. I'm not going to follow the same mistakes that several well-intentioned Germans made in WWII.