I've Said it Before and I'll Say it Again, Saddam Would Have Won
In the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s thrilling upset in this week’s UK general election many left-leaning Democrats in the United States have drawn inspiration from the Labour leader. Jeremy Corbyn, who assumed his party’s leadership in 2015 and endured constant opposition from the media as well as from figures within his own party who even attempted to unseat him in a failed coupwithin his own party, culminating in a failed coup last year. But “the Jezza” weathered those storms and against all odds defeated the Blairites in dramatic fashion leading the Labour party to historic gains and coming within a hairs breadth of Number 10. This seismic shift in UK politics could leave ripples on this side of the Atlantic and has vindicated many progressives who believed all along that Saddam Hussein would have won.
The 2016 presidential election represented a political awakening for Millennials who became involved in politics, in many cases for the first time, after witnessing the grainy footage of Saddam Hussein’s 1979 seizure of power at a hastily assembled Ba’ath party congress. “It was inspiring”, said Richard Phelps of Madison, Wisconsin who contributed to a political campaign for the first time after seeing the chilling footage.
Sarah O’Flarety a college student at Sarah Laurence was also inspired by the 1979 Ba’ath party purge and recalls watching the Iraqi leader savoring the moment as he puffed on a Cuban cigar and read from a list of names of senior party leaders accused of treason. “I saw it as a call to action” she said “We can do that here!”
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Saddam would have won” said Mike Kaminsky who said he has been accused of being a “Saddam Bro”.
“If you offer people genuine social-democratic polices and run a positive campaign based on hope, we can make a winning coalition to fulfill the idealistic dreams of young people to have the leaders of the Democratic party taken to a dark room and shot in the back of the head” Kaminsky enthused.