Saddam Hussein was certainly known for his poor treatment of people, but now comes news that his treatment of the environment was no less callous.  This, according to the Environmental News Network, which reports how Saddam Hussein’s actions to cordon off of water in southeastern Iraq destroyed nearly 93 percent of a vibrant wetland area which supported an array of wildlife.  Fortunately, since Saddam’s ousting, local residents have re- flooded the area and now some 31 plant species out of 40 which lived before the drainage have returned, and 30 percent of the fish species as well.  Scientists hope, that given time, Iraq’s ecology will one day improve right along with the nation’s political stability.