Today’s headline: Saddam Hussein sentenced to death. And it could scarcely have happened to a more deserving person. Good riddance.
But you can’t just sentence someone for being a nasty man. You have to convict them of a specific crime. They convicted him for killing 148 people in Dujail, following an assassination attempt on him in 1982.
Wait a minute! An assassination attempt? In today’s language, he foiled a terrorist outrage. No, that’s not what I think, but its just as valid as the excuses used by today’s leaders, including those who deposed Saddam. And an overreaction? Indeed yes, but he’s not the only one to do that. Not by a long way.
And 1982? That’s a long time ago. But then, all Saddam’s worst atrocities happened in the 1980s, when the West was actively backing him in his attack on revolutionary Iran.
And … what an interesting coincidence with U.S. elections.