Back during the U.S. invasion of Iraq there was plenty of arguments going on between the War Party Libertarians and those of us opposed to the invasion. Many of those in the War Party faction argued that it was our duty to free people living under a brutal dictator. I suggested at the time that the odds were, with American influence, the Iraqis would likely end up less free than they were before we invaded.
I'll take this latest news from Iraq that I'm on the way to being vindicated. It took us over 200 years to start issuing various smoking bans in this country. It didn't take anywhere near that long for the Iraqis. Sure, it's just a smoking ban, but you can be sure there will be much more to come.
At least one Iraqi seems agree with me:
"We want Saddam back," said Ala al-Kanini, a patron at the store, referring to the late Iraqi leader. "You could do anything during Saddam's time."