I hate to sound old-fashioned, but...
Sadaam, is not "cool." He was a ruthless dicitator and murderer.
He repressed any form of dissidence with violence, he allowed laws based on sexist islamic extremity to destroy the lives of many of Iraqi women, despite not being religious himself.
And he did not allow other candidates to run against him in elections.
i still think that the war was fought for the wrong reasons, and that Bush is one of the worse leaders we've ever had, but he's not equal to Sadaam.
And by the way, Castro puts journalists who say things against him in prison.