Bush Waxes Nonsensical On Saddam's Demise
Today, Saddam Hussein was executed after receiving a fair trial -- the kind of justice he denied the victims of his brutal regime.Setting aside that no one has any real misgivings about the dictator's guilt, are we saying that a trial fraught with government interference, where the original presiding judge resigned in disgust, where his replacement had an ax to grind, where 3 of the man's attorneys were murdered--effectively a kangaroo court with a predetermined outcome--is the kind of justice that Saddam's victims should have received?
Trials are for people accused of crimes. Saddam's victims needed no trial, fair or otherwise, because they had done nothing wrong, and if they were ground under by that brutal regime we should consider the decade we spent building Saddam up...before we decided to take him down.
So as we break our hands patting ourselves on the back and bestowing faint praise on the Iraqi people, we should remember that we are culpable in making Saddam what he was. This dictator's death isn't an affirmation. It's not justice. It's the grisly exclamation point on our Middle East bungling.
"Am I the only one who has the balls to say this outloud???: Saddam was a badass all the way to the end. He was a brutal egomaniac killer, but he remained a badass to the very end as he calmly chatted up his hangmen and refused a black hood. Maybe I'm wrong, but facing death like that took some balls or else was truly a show of faith from a man who believed he was going to become a martyr. I guess we will never know which one it was... and I mean this in absolutely NO way that would indicate that I admire Saddam or mourn his death, but I'm willing to bet Saddam would have happily borrowed Jules' wallet from Pulp Fiction that had "Bad Motherfucker" stamped on it b/c I know I would have been pissing my pants in fear and/or balling my eyes out and desperately trying to claw and clutch at my loved ones at the hangman's gallows."
Dig it, Frogster. Seems to me Rummy 'n' Shooter should've been co-defendants in this "fair trial" of ours-- ahem, pardon me, theirs.
Merry Impeach-mas for such to still be so.
Perhaps that road is not justice, but neither could any other approach be so considered.It is surely time we were past the Judaic scriptural principle and just deal with the stark reality.
On the other hand, it would be pleasant to watch George W suffer through the law courts, with a predetermined outcome.
tina.... See my post about what I think about the trial and Der Fuehrer. Sort of the same thought as you and kvatch.
It would be interesting too know now wouldn't it?
The folks at Fox News (now that's an oxymoron) were so excited over the hanging that it gave me the creeps. We are still so barbaric in our behavior that I must constantly ask myself, "What year is this?"
Too bad we didn't really manage to accomplish the task.
Unfortunately, so is George W. Bush.
It appears that our Dear Leader has gone around the bend and actually BELIEVES his propaganda now. 750 days... just 750 days...
I agree with Cartledge, the outcome of the "trial" was predetermined. The execution won't make much difference in America's dissatisfaction with the bungling of Iraq by the administration.
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