The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance And Saddam Hussein

Liberty Valance played by Lee Marvin: Here is a man who is the epitome of all that is evil.He terrorizes his neighbors and scoffs at the law.Almost everyone in the town of Shinbone is scared to death of him. (Today we know him as Saddam Hussein.)
Ransom Stoddard played by Jimmy Stewart : Stoddard is a lawyer from the East who encounters Liberty Valance on his way to Shinbone and receives a severe beating.Later , he is humiliated by him in front of his neighbors , but as a lawyer he believes that the best way to handle Liberty V. is through the law. After Liberty V. goes too far one day, Stoddard decides he has to meet Liberty V. in the town square with guns and settle everything by the code of the West.(Tony Blair at first wanted the United Nations to handle Saddam but he gave in to factions that decided to go after him pre-emptively.)

Tom Doniphon played by John Wayne: Doniphon is the unelected leader of Shinbone. He has the respect of everybody in town because he has weapons and knows how to use them. Liberty Valance and Tom Doniphon almost come to a showdown one day but Ransom Stoddard intervenes diplomatically and prevents bloodshed.His diplomacy was to accept the humiliation from Liberty V. that Tom Doniphon was about to impart on Liberty.Doniphon doesn't think much of Stoddard's initial solution of the Law to handle Valance." The only thing he understands is the six-gun!"( GW Bush , of course , is John Wayne's part)
Link Appleyard played by Andy Devine: Appleyard is the Sheriff of Shinbone who is content to let Valance terrorize the town because he lacks the courage to face up to him.( Do we have the Prime Minister Of France here? )
Rent the movie to see one of the best " shoot-em-ups" of all time. Below is a review
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
A review by Damian Cannon.
A train rumbles through the desert, drawing into a small western town -- Shinbone. Only two people emerge, Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart) and his wife Hallie (Vera Miles), to be met by Link Appleyard (Andy Devine). There seems to be a link between these three which surpasses the smart clothes of the Stoddard's, the scruffy outfit of Appleyard and the fact that Ransom is State Senator! The local newsmen soon find out about his unexpected visit, principally for the funeral of Tom Doniphon (John Wayne). Who? No one else seems to know of Doniphon's paupers funeral so Ransom decides to relate the whole story to the local press. Dissolve to the old Wild West...
Ransom, a recently qualified lawyer from the East, suffered a brutal introduction to his new home. His stage was ambushed by outlaws, resulting in a savage beating as he defended a female passenger. Luckily he was found by Doniphon, a hard-bitten and sharp-shooting character, and brought into the town of Shinbone. Here Ransom finds out a few facts - Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin) was the man who beat him, a gun is the only law in the area and that the town is crying out for a man like him. The result is that Ransom vows to put Valance in jail, using the law not a gun, by using his education and principles. This raises some laughs, for the crazy Easterner, but we can see that the townspeople respect Ransom for his knowledge, ideals and the fact that he represents the progress which they want for their children.
Soon Ransom is teaching people to read and write (especially Hallie), showing them how to use their vote and proving that you don't need to wear a gun to be a man. However a showdown with Valance is inevitable and we can see the arena already. Shortly there is to be an election for two representatives to the state senate, although the real issue is whether the area should become a true state. On one side are the cattlemen (with a hired Valance) who want to keep the land free and on the other are the townspeople who want the protection gained from being in a state. As the vote takes place (no women and no blacks!) there is a tense standoff between Ransom and Valance as the latter tries to force his own election. Although he fails in this Valance challenges the lawyer to a gunfight, knowing that Ransom is no match for him. We know that Ransom survives, since he's telling this tale, but the path from this election to the Senate is nail-biting to the end.
The beauty of this film is just how well it works on several levels with such resonance - such as the sparring between Stoddard and Doniphon, the battle of the town-folk with the cattlemen and the triumph of good over evil (represented superbly by Liberty Valance). Each character is well-acted and fits perfectly into the life of the town - from the nervous marshal Appleyard to the reliable servant Pompey (Woody Strode). From scene to scene the tension mounts yet there are many moments of humour in an amazingly strong script. Perhaps, though, the greatest triumph of this movie is that it places James Stewart, against stereotype, in a Western and succeeds.