Saddam Hussein was a bad guy. He may or may not have had WMD's, but he was definitely a bad guy. Most people forget why though. Much of the support that came from the UN was not based on the WMD's; Rather on the Genocide like cleansing of the Kurds in northern Iraq. This is not a new thing for the Kurdish. They have been pushed around between Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria. They are truly a nation with no state, and because of this rarely get a voice, or even noticed.
The Kurdish genocide continues to occur in Iraq today. While the Kurdish people want their own independent state, other parts of Iraq want to oppress this cultural group immediately. Therefore, Kurdish people face tons of discrimination and even violence in Iraq. Such problems need to be kept in mind at all times.
Across the globe, there has been genocide attempts over and over. Because there is so many, it will be remembered in the country it happened in, but the world will begin to forget. Like here in America, the only genocide attempt we remember is the holocaust, but only because we were involved.
I do not believe the history of Kurdish genocide is diminished today in favor of sweeping it under the proverbial rug of time. History keeps track of everything, especially with the Internet as it is today. I do not believe these events have been wiped out of history books at all.
No, the history of Kurdish genocide is not diminished today in favor of sweeping it under the proverbial rug of time, because the people who suffered from the genocide suffered greatly, and no amount of time can undo their suffering. The suffering was no less just because it was not on as large of a scale as others who have suffered in genocide. The effects will always remain.