Is the world a better place without Saddam Hussein?
Iraq war anniversary: 'Iraqis would be better off under Saddam', says Andrew Gilligan
"Speaking on the anniversary of the Iraq invasion, former war reporter and Sunday Telegraph London editor Andrew Gilligan said that rather than rescuing Iraqis from the grip of a tyrant, the toppling of former dictator Saddam Hussein had in fact negatively impacted the lives of ordinary citizens.
"Life under Saddam under the last ten years would not have been pleasant but it would have been better for most people, and a lot fewer people would have died, than it has been under so-called liberation," he said.
"Life is less secure, life is less prosperous and basic services still haven't returned to the level they were pre-war."
Mr Gilligan spoke shortly after a wave of bombings tore through Baghdad on Tuesday morning, killing at least 56 people in a spate of violence timed to coincide with the anniversary of the US-led invasion. "
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