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.

Posted on November 5, 2006, in news. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Pfft. Yeah. Coincidence. As abominable a man as Mr. Hussein is, killing 148 people in 1982 pales in comparison to what the US government has done to civilians in Iraq theoretically in retribution for the actions of Mr. Hussein. An estimated 45,000 civilians, according to http://www.iraqbodycount.org/. It is truly appalling. And at some level, I’m responsible, as I paid for it, and did nothing to stop it, beyond voting for the other guy. And it’s far from clear that the other guy could have done anything to stop it either. History will not look kindly on this era. Hopefully those that come after us will be intelligent enough to learn from that history, although I can’t imagine why there’s any reason to think that’ll happen.

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