** Is there any wonder why the Muslim community in general is growing in opposition to the Iraqi occupation? It's rhetoric like this that leads to misconception and anger... Comparing the US military to Saddam is ridiculous. The US is fighting for the average joe while Saddam had the average joe suppressed or killed. *** TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Friday accused the United States of killing and oppressing the Iraqi people in the same way as former President Saddam Hussein. Iran, though it fought an eight-year war with Saddam's Iraq in the 1980s, is deeply unhappy about U.S. forces in Iraq to its west and Afghanistan (news - web sites) to the east. U.S. officials, meanwhile, have stepped up their war of words against the Islamic Republic. "Americans killed hundreds of innocent people in Afghanistan and they continue to attack and kill Iraqi civilians," Khamenei, Iran's most powerful figure, told thousands of worshipers at Friday prayers in Tehran." http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20031114/ts_nm/iraq_iran_usa_dc_1 And the last part is just plain bullshit. The military is not actively attacking any civilians. Civilians have died as a result of the military, not because the military sought them out - there's a big difference.