Well, not necessarily my hero, but I'm sure some people look up to him.
The Iraq war has been deadly and quite expensive (as pointed out by the widget on Red Tory's blog). Still, what people have to remember, it is not a zero sum game! Death and expense would have occurred without the Iraq invasion.
You could even argue that the semi-civil war would have occurred sooner or later, with or without the American presence. (Creating Iraq was not Britain's best idea).
The embargo against Iraq, that countries like Canada participated in, in the context of the lack of weapons of mass destruction, was completely immoral. Between 500,000 and 1 million people died because of it! And although the oil for food program alleviated much of the hunger caused by the embargo, it also allowed Hussein to buy favours and friendship thanks to corruption, possibly prolonging his stay in power and making the embargo counter productive.
The embargo had to end. But so did Saddam Hussein's reign of terror.
Let's recap the carnage caused by the man:
-Invasion of Iran
-Invasion of Kuwait
-Bombing of Israel
-Use of chemical weapons against the Kurds
-Destruction of the habitat of the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq
-Lighting the oil fields of Kuwait when fleeing the country
-Tried to kill George Bush Senior.
Hello! You try to kill a guy and his son becomes the president of the most powerful nation on earth. Time to take early retirement.
How could the United States not invade a country that tolerated Saddam Hussein as its leader?
In the 20th century, more than 50 million people died because of four men:
-Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-Tung)
It is hard to predict how many more people would have died thanks to Sadam Hussein, but I say enough was enough. He had to go. The Iraqis didn't get rid of him, so then George Bush Jr did.