Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Verdict Is In

Saddam sentenced to hang for his crimes against the Iraqi people.

The ironic thing is if this decision had been made just a few short years ago under his own rule chances are there would already be video of his execution posted all over the web but because of the democratic reforms enacted in Iraq he will enter a mandatory appeals process to ensure that the judgment was reached properly.

And as is the case for almost everything in Iraq, while the Shia celebrated the announcement many Sunnis took to the streets in support of the outed dictator leading to worries about a possible increase in the already heavy sectarian violence.

The appeals process could take several months, but as that goes on Saddam is simultaneously undergoing a second trial for his attempted genocide of the Iraqi Kurds, which if found guilty would also most likely lead to a death sentence.

This is just the reason that the US insisted Saddam be tried by Iraqis instead of an international tribunal. While even Saddam did not try and cast doubt as to his involvement in these atrocities, he merely tried to justify his actions, under international law, if he had been found guilty he would have been sentenced to life imprisonment, where he would had remained a figurehead for his supporters. With his eventual execution, not only is he being fairly treated for his actions but the chances of a group of his supporters trying to take action to free him later on is reduced to zero.

And just to add insult to injury, it appears his request for a military firing squad has already been rejected in favor for the traditional Iraqi method of execution, hanging until dead. Coupled with the fact he was caught hiding in a hole in the ground and not on a battlefield leading his troops should help reduce his effectiveness as a martyr.

Apparently the verdict is not impressing too many over on the far left who are feeling sorry for the conviction of a genocidal dictator while at the same time are falling all over themselves to call for the execution of the democratically elected President of the United States.

(warning: the preceding hyper link goes directly to a Democratic Underground forum. Don't say I didn't warn you)


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