US troops and Iraqi security forces are on high alert for any violent backlash. The US State Department has urged all its embassies to increase security.
While not against the death penalty in all circumstances in this case it doesn’t serve what is purported to be half of its purpose, to discourage others from killing. Iraqis that are part of one insurgent group or another, or the foreign fighters that are affiliated with al-Queda will not be the least deterred. It is even darkly comic to think so. Hussien’s death is justice served a little too late in the day for his victims, though perhaps better late then never. The thing that it does do and is perhaps the greatest injustice to his victims and to the American people is silence him forever. There will no further questions about any documents found, no intelligence to be gleaned and no clarification about his contacts and support by any group or the Reagan and Bush Sr administrations ( Reagan Played Decisive Role in Saddam Hussein’s Survival in Iran-Iraq War, Shaking Hands with Saddam Hussein:
The U.S. Tilts toward Iraq, 1980-1984, How Reagan Armed Saddam with Chemical Weapons.) Yes Bush Sr did chase Saddam out of Kuwait, but before that Bush Sr and the same neocons that are peppered throughout our current cabal of miscreants supported Saddam Hussein if only marginally. Then there is the price that America has paid for this hanging 3,000 American dead and around $360 billion dollars. One would think that considering the price that America would get something better in return for its investment rather then the civil war we seem stuck in the middle of and fewer middle-east extremists rather then more, the ones that BushCo has tended to like a dandy gardener and grown in a way that makes Bin laden look like an amateur, Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Hurting U.S. Terror Fight. Just as Gerald Ford’s precipice pardon of Nixon back in the seventies is extracting a price we’re still paying for in terms of abuse of presidential power we are also paying a price in the middle-east for the pure mindless chicanery of neocons like Cheney and Rumsfeld who love to play mid-east power games yet have an amazing talent for always making the wrong moves. That they have sold their weakness and failures to the American public as strength and victory is testament to the power of public manipulation, of telling big lies over and over. Saddam Hussein’s execution might well serve some need for the most primitive justice, but not everyone that served as an accessory has been punished or likely will be. Hussein’s former partners have enclosed themselves in the cloak of the red, white and blue. For years the conservative mid-east policy wizards failed to truly serve America’s interests, blinded by arrogance and zealotry they’ve turned the mid-east from various simmering rivalries into one big boiling cauldron and for all their trouble they will get a pension courtesy the American taxpayer while even more troops die leaving families and nation to pick up the pieces.
Counter Terrorism Blog writes Saddam Hussein, Longtime State Sponsor of Terrorism, Executed by Iraqis (updated) By Andrew Cochran December 29, 2006 10:06 PM “His death is a victory for the rule of law in Iraq and for the civilized world.” -( I guess he would call the qiugmire in Iraq the moral answer to immorality)
Not really Saddam Hussein was just another tin horn dictator who would not have enjoyed the power that he did without a certain amount of support from Republicans during the eighties. While no one should shed any tears on his passing his death will not bring back the dead or make the situation in Iraq any better. Remember the video of Saddam Hussein’s statue falling after the initial invasion, I confess to getting a little caught up in that moment. I thought that maybe, just maybe something good would come of it all, but as we all know it has been a down hill spiral ever since, Josh Marshall writes, It’s a hornet’s nest. But I’m game. So why not jump in.
…This is what we’re reduced to, what the president has reduced us to. This is the best we can do. Hang Saddam Hussein because there’s nothing else this president can get right.
Isn’t the narrative that the Right is trying to sell like cheap popcorn the idea that the Iraq debacle has been about this one execution. Now that we’ve had a hang’n we’ve had victory. The war was about 9-11 then it wasn’t, it was about WMD then it wasn’t, it was about connections to al-Queda then it wasn’t, it was about spreading democracy as we continued to support authoritarian regimes. Hold up the deck of ever revolving reasons and pick one. Ezra Klein writes, Saddam Update
Leaving aside any debate about the ethics of capital punishment for a moment, I’m not remotely convinced that turning Hussein into a martyr to satiate our need for vengeance is the wisest strategic decision in the long run.
Bush’s and the right-wing noise machine’s interests were served today, but as usual not America’s and certainly not the boots on the ground.
“Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.” – Mark Twain
Man is the only Patriot. He sets himself apart in his own country, under his own flag, and sneers at the other nations, and keeps multitudinous uniformed assassins on hand at heavy expense to grab slices of other people’s countries, and keep them from grabbing slices of his. And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood of his hands and works for “the universal brotherhood of man”- with his mouth. – from “The Lowest Animal” by Mark Twain