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Hanging Saddam
Sunday, 31 December 2006 13:47
by Mike Whitney

“There’s no way to describe the loss we’ve experienced with this war and occupation. There is no compensation for the dense, black cloud of fear that hangs over the head of every Iraqi. Fear of the Americans in their tanks, fear of the police patrols in the black bandanas, fear of the Iraqi soldiers wearing their black masks at the checkpoints.”
Riverbend; blogs from Baghdad

The execution of Saddam Hussein is another grim chapter in the catalogue of war crimes perpetrated against the Iraqi people. It is a gratuitous act of barbarism devoid of justice.

What right does Bush have to kill Saddam? What right does the author of Abu Ghraib, Falluja, Haditha and countless other atrocities have to pass judgment on the former leader of a nation which posed no threat to the United States?

Let’s be clear, the lowliest, most ruthless Iraqi has more right to rule Iraq than the most upright American. That’s what’s meant by “self determination”. When we honor “self rule” we avoid bloody interventions like the invasion of Iraq.

Bush believes that killing Saddam will achieve the “closure” which has eluded him through 4 years of occupation. But he is mistaken. Saddam’s death will only eliminate any opportunity for a political solution. Reconciliation will be impossible and Saddam will die as a hero.

Is that what Bush wants?

Or does Bush really know what he wants? Perhaps, he is just a war-mongering psychopath completely disconnected from reality.

Capital punishment is a moral evil. The state never has the right to kill its own people regardless of their crimes; Saddam is no exception. But the premeditated murder of Saddam is particularly appalling, because it is stupid as well as unjust. It cuts off dialogue with the very people (the Ba’athist-led resistance) who need to be entered into the political process to achieve normalization. Bush is destroying his last chance for a negotiated settlement and paving the way for America’s total defeat.

It’s complete madness.

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, told the Times Online that “the deposed president could be hanged ‘within hours’” and that his death sentence would be executed by Saturday at the latest.

Munir Haddad, the presiding judge on the appeals court, said, “All the measures have been done. There is no reason for delays.”

Plans are already underway to film the entire event.

It’s impossible to imagine a more fitting summary of 6 years of Bush rule than video-footage of Saddam’s limp figure dangling at the end of a rope. The pictures will no doubt replace the iconic photos of the hooded Abu Ghraib prisoner who appeared in headlines across the world.

The United States will pay a heavy price for Bush’s savagery.The war is already going badlyand this latest travesty will only quicken America’s inevitable withdrawal.

America has become a moral swamp, its leaders incapable ofwisdomor mercy. Hanging Saddamonlyadds to ourmutual disgrace and exposes the real face of American justice.

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cj said:

How many more Iraqi people did Saddam need to kill before you would have cried to the U.S.A for help? I see it as a favor. He is no better than a serial killer, like Jeffrey Dahmer or Charles Manson. And as for President Bush, he did what he was put in office for. GOD BLESS the U.S.A.!
January 03, 2007
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martin(ireland) said:

well said
well said mike, 100% true.
January 03, 2007
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Lawrence N said:

Yeah, Saddam was such a great guy. I wonder why HIS OWN PEOPLE PUT HIM TO DEATH?
I also wondered why there were so few witnesses to come forward to testify against Saddam...oh wait...I got it...HE KILLED THEM ALL!!! I heard Jimmy Carter is going to nominate Saddam for a posthumous Nobel Peace Prize, right after he finishes cleaning Hugo Chaves's International Humanitarian Award.
January 08, 2007
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a guest said:

Regime change...
Mike: I couldn't agree more. IMO...some of the more agressive comments I've read here reflect the arrogance of absolute power that, in many cases, the U.S. abuses. Hopefully, our leaders will eventually learn that force should not be used to impose our will on others. In the last election we experienced our own form of "regime change". Hopefully, there will be more to come.
January 13, 2007
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a guest said:

Call Me a Victorcat
You are as fat left as possible. The US didnt put Saddam to death, he was sentenced by his own people. Do you even know whats going on over there. every insurgent will stand trial, and i mean EVERY. Many, and i mean MANY, are released because theirs not enough evidence. how many people did saddam kill?

mike, dont quite your landscaping job, you have no future in journalism - youre an average blogger at best.
January 24, 2007
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