HYPOCRACY AND VENGEANCE
No one should take a delight in the execution of Sadaam Hussein, particularly among Americans. There is no doubt that his rule of Iraq was a self serving and cruel one that saw privilege for some Iraqis and exploitation of others, mainly Kurds and Shia Muslims. HE WAS THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER AMERICA'S MAN. He was supported with CIA help in gaining power and remained in power with the support of the US government over the years. He served US interests as a secure source of oil and as a bastion against Communism over the years. Historian,Juan Cole summarizes this sad history in his blog entry for today http://juancole.com/
His fate was sealed from the moment of his capture. His trial for war crimes should have been at an international tribunal but the US hostility to the International Criminal Court prevented him being sent there. US politician have reason to fear that they may find themselves tried for war crimes before this court, justifiably so. For the rest of their lives members of the Bush administration will be fearful of any travel abroad as they may be subject to arrest. The Americans allowed a kangeroo court with dubious legal procedures to be given the task of legitimating his murder. The US assured this by making the death penalty part of the political system they set up in Iraq to join the few counties in the World that still have the death penalty as part of their judical system. No one should mistake the death of this unpeasant man with Justice. It was vengence for some Iraqi's and the hypocrical disposal of "their man" who had become an embarassment and threat to the security of US oil interests in the middle east.
Journalist Robert Fisk, who has reported on the Middle East for years writes more poignantly than I of the meaning of the death of Saddam Hussein and the culpability of others in the West, who have gotten away with it" http://news.independent.co.uk/world/fisk/article2112555.ece
The death of any person is a sad day not only for the loss of a life but also for what is says about those who tolerate state sanctioned murder. We all stand accused!
"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." (John Donne)