Monday, November 06, 2006
Saddam Hussein Sentenced To Death
Will the trial and discovery process continue? As it stands the Hussein verdict would be similar to convicting top Nazi leaders at Nuremberg for one or two specific events (e.g. Lidice). Is there going to be a full accounting of the Hussein record? Problematic of course for the Gulf Arab states, Saudi Arabia and even the United States because of the Iran-Iraq war.
This raises another question: why can't this be the "victory" point for the United States. Hussein was defeated, deposed, tried and now convicted. Doesn't this constitute sufficient victory?
Iranian man on the street of Tehran.
"I was so happy that I cried."
An Iranian on the news of the verdict.
Your point that this is but another vanquised Mid East tyrant is accurate.
Your remark that this could have been the "victory" is important -- as that could have been possible, perhaps, if 2003 and 2004 were more fact-based. Maybe.
I guess all this show is for that...
Iranians may want Hussein dead under any circumstances but I think more would want him executed openly for crimes committed against Iran, not the indirect crime of having killed some Iraqi Shia.
So I think they will celebrate the verdict but be unsatisfied by it.