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.