Following the play, there was a panel discussion which included UPI religion editor Uwe Siemon-Netto, who as a war correspondent in Germany in the 1960's came to know many friends of Bonhoeffer. He added these insights as well as his personal insights of growing up in Germany during that time. One young girl asked him to how Saddam compares to Hitler. He said that he thought they were very similar but with one key distinction, I thought very insightful: He said that Hussein is very much a post-modern man, a post-modern dictator. Whereas Hitler believed in the Reich and Aryan purity and so on, Hussein looks only to that which serves Hussein.
In another context, an essay he wrote, Uwe Siemon-Netto had these comments about Saddam and Bonhoeffer:
While granting that Christian pacifism is "principled," the Rev. Gerald R. McDermott, an Episcopal priest and professor of religion and philosophy, made the point that "the use of violence can also be an act of love and justice."
"For example," explained McDermott, "Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a principled pacifist. Yet he said if a Christian saw a truck careening into a group of children, it had to be stopped. Hitler was such a truck, and so is Saddam Hussein, if it's true that he produces weapons of mass destruction wholesale and has al Qaida connections."
Bonhoeffer was martyred by the Nazis because of his role in the German resistance against Hitler. Said McDermott, "Can you imagine how many tens of millions of lives could have been spared had pacifism not prevented Britain from following Winston Churchill's advice to lead an attack against Hitler?"