Saturday, December 30, 2006
Hussein, of course, joins the large number of Arab leaders, both monarchs and "revolutionaries", not to peacefully step down from power but to be killed--highlighting a major hurdle that has to be overcome if democracy is to take root in the region--the notion that leaders can be peacefully removed from office.
Finally, in the old days, the death of the enemy leader signaled victory and his followers stopped fighting. [Consider this example from the Bible, the rebellion of Sheba against King David,2 Samuel 20:22: "Then the woman went to all the people with her wise advice, and they cut off the head of Sheba son of Bicri and threw it to Joab. So he sounded the trumpet, and his men dispersed from the city, each returning to his home. And Joab went back to the king in Jerusalem."] For the United States, however, even Saddam being put into the grave neither ends the insurgency nor does it allow the U.S. to claim victory and to withdraw with honor.
The Chemical Weapons Treaty, an international instrument of disarmament, that had withstood WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Arab-Israeli Wars was violated by impunity by Iraq.
This, in turn, has cast a very big shadow on the NPT and its utility.
The US-UK derailment of the Iran's complaint to UNSC at that time caused Iranians to conclude that UNSC was of no use to them.
Thus we are in the situation vis-a-vis Iran (and North Korea to be followed by Brazil, Australia and others) that UNSC cannot be used as an instrument of compellence nor can NPT be expected to survive if the P5 do not begin disarming.
Our sticks evolved admirably, - our souls tragically, continue to rot.
All this blood, treasure, credibility, and humanity expended to hang one old Babylonian seems from my pedestrian perspective to be a grotesque missalocation of resources, energy, and blood.
In 1982 when the Dawa party tried to kill Saddam they were also engaged in terrorism against US interests, so even though the USG might not have been happy about Saddam's reprisal killings of Shi'a, they weren't going to make a big issue of it. Things changed when the Shi'a were seen as allies against a Saddam who was then perceived to be a bigger danger.
In absolute moral terms the killing of any individual is a tragedy. In terms of statecraft massacres, killings etc. are relative. This is the reality of the present world we live in.
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The screaches of Moqtada by the hooded Shi'a executioners is a glariing proof that this execution is the fetid work of the Bush Crime Family Cabals, and like every single aspect of the Iraq horrorshow, - a travesty and grotesque perversion of justice and naked crime.