The World reacts . . .

30 Dec

Anger, satisfaction, hope, skepticism . . . These are some of the varied responses to the execution of Saddam Hussein. Last night I heard one of his lawyers state that he hopes Bush and Americans are happy now, but Hussein wins in the end. I can imagine he refers to the “reward” he received when he made it to heaven. This lawyer accused the US of puppetting this entire procedure and producing our desired outcome. If all we wanted was Hussein dead, the CIA could have taken care of that with a mysterious illness while he was in custody. No, there is more at stake here than the pleasure of Uncle Sam.

The court that tried this man was an IRAQI court. The judges were Iraqi and the procedure was done according to THEIR civil law. In fact, the fact that he was in American custody during this procedure might have preserved his life until now. Although I obviously was not there, I challenge you to research this: This was an Iraqi action, and so it should have been.

And, as an American, I did not feel like dancing in the streets or shooting my gun up in the air (as thousands did in Iraq this morning). Yes, I feel that justice was done. But their reaction tells the tale . . . They are the ones who had to endure this despot and his rule for decades. They are the ones whose fathers, brothers, sons, and daughters were raped, brutalized, imprisoned, and murdered. If you want to know if this was just, go ask them.

It shocks me that the world AND some Americans can compare this to an old-west style of court, a “proper trial and then a proper hangin.” Why in the world would anyone question justice?? I wonder how many of the nay-sayers would have been willing to live under his rule?

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