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Hussein Verdict To Come Down Today

by D. E. Carson (writer), , November 05, 2006


As I sit here wandering about the Internet in hopes of coming across something I can sink my teeth into, I notice a little story on Yahoo! News time stamped" minutes ago." Being that it is 12:47 on Su

It seems that Saddam Hussein, in spite of all of the setbacks of his trial, is set to be sentenced today. How interesting. The accompanying photo (at left) shows the deposed dictator of Iraq quite well dressed in his suit coat, with no tie. However, the eyes give him a look of incredulity.

It is as if he cannot comprehend what is about to happen here. It would be a hilarious photograph if it were in a Halloween movie and he had just heard a "bump" in another room of the house. He could even be a stand-in for Eli Wallach in The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. (Except in the parody I wrote, he was in the Lee Van Cleef role). I don't know who took that photograph of Hussein, but there is something about that photograph that could make one forget the pain and suffering this man inflicted on his own people. As for when the photo was taken, it was taken on August 23, 2005. It is quite difficult to imagine this was once a very powerful man in the world and now he has been reduced to this; a defendant in a trial receiving far more mercy and kindness than he showed any of the people whom he has been accused of murdering.

There is certainly not a look of fear or remorse on his face. He is still calculating. Looking for his moment to seize back the leadership that was so forcefully ripped from his hands. There is a hint of madness in those eyes. There is also a taste of cunning. No, this man is not one who should ever see the outside of a prison for the rest of his life. Some believe he deserves to be executed. That, of course, is up to his own people. The most important thing the Iraqi people can do is pass judgment on the man who hurt them the most. Perhaps they will convict him. They might even execute him. Either way, he is no longer a threat to the people of Iraq. I hope they sleep better at night knowing he is not running loose.

And if he is executed, I hope the families of those he hurt will find some closure and say at least one prayer of thanks for the United States of America.

UPDATE: Here it is 20 minutes after I started this posting (1:07 Sunday Morning) and three of the seven co-defendants in the Saddam Hussein trial have been convicted of murder and torture. A fourth has been acquitted for lack of evidence. Hussein has not yet heard his verdict.

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By Ariel on November 05, 2006 at 12:36 pm
Latest update: He's just been sentenced to death!
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By Charles Harmison on November 05, 2006 at 07:09 pm
Though you have written a reasonably cogent article I would like to point out a few facts you didn't include. 655,000 Iraqis have died since he's been outed and the country is teetering on the brink of Civil war. Say what you will about Saddam but the military destabilization of this country has fueled terrorist groups worldwide and parts of Iraq are now veritable gardens sprouting new terrorist cells unlike anywhere or anytime before. I wonder what would have happened if we allowed the UN to remove him peacefully. Would the democratic ideal be easier for the Iraqi people to swallow? If there is any goodness in the victims of this man they won't take pleasure in killing him it's just more death and that is not an answer to anything. He will now be a martyr for his cause. Don't kid yourself or lie to any one else we toppled that government to retake the Haliburton oil manufacturing industry that Saddam seized. This war has never been about WMD's or when that was proven false Humanitarian aid as the republican party has made you believe. There was never mention of humanitarian reasons for war until after the evidence of WMD's was proven 100% false. If Humanitarian aid is a reason to invade a country perhaps we should move toward invading Darfur or N.Korea. There are millions dieing or starving in those countries and they could use the help a lot more then Iraq, but then those countries don't have any oil so I guess their invasion wouldn't prove cost effective.
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