The Sharia law was not used by Saddam Hussein because he was a member of the Baath socialist party. He took away freedom of political speech, but he gave the people the freedom to wear whatever they want, the freedom of religion ,and other types of freedoms. Women played a strong role in Iraq during Hussein's socialist rule and minorities like Christians were treated better than before. In 2003 the percentage of Christians was approximately 4% of the population. The United States took Saddam Hussein out that year and brought something called "Democracy." Unfortunately, the Islamic parties won the democratic election because the people of Iraq are faithful. The Islamic parties took away all types of freedoms. The new Iraqi government was very successful in destroying women by forcing them to wear Hijab and limiting their freedoms (the kitchen became a place that they had to adapt to). the population of Christians went down to 0.5 percent after the massacres, which were led by "unknowns" (the government). The churches were burned and most of the non-muslim teachers/ students were kicked out from the public universities of Iraq due to their religious background. The American media and especially CNN have continuously blocked all the bad news that comes from Iraq, maybe because it is very shameful.
-- Anmar Shoriz