Prague Twin

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Dead, but not Buried

It seems that Saddam's lynching (Riverbend link) is stirring up controversy. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the "execution" ends up causing more problems than it aimed to solve, especially if this rumor is true. (h/t Mike@Born at the Crest of the Empire)

There is a particularly good piece here by The Disillusioned Kid which finishes on the point that I think is crucial but is being largely ignored in the mainstream.....

Executing Saddam has also got all those people who helped him off the hook. We've managed to avoid any embarrassing incidents with Donald Rumsfeld being called to testify on his visit to Saddam in 1983; or Douglas Hurd being quizzed on his trip to Iraq to sell missile systems in 1981. Our own culpability in his reign of terror, to say nothing of our subsequent campaign of state terrorism and siege warfare against the country from 1991 onwards can be quietly pushed to one side. The Bad Man is dead. What are you loooking at us for?

And while I'm being lazy and linking everyone else's work, be sure to read this excellent post on why U.S. policies continue to fail in Iraq. He doesn't do these longer posts often, but when he does, they are quite good.

That is it for me tonight. Like I said......LAZY.


  • It appears that Saddams hanging is doing what years of his propaganda couldn't do- make him a hero

    By Blogger GraemeAnfinson, at 6:43 AM  

  • Not only an hero but a martyr who propably will now "live" for Che. Is it just me, but didn't Saddam look dignified, almost beautiful in going to meet his maker? Isn't there anything that could possibly go right for the "forces of peace and democracy"?

    By Anonymous pekka, at 10:09 AM  

  • It is like in Star Wars:

    You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 12:50 PM  

  • Oh please--hero, beautiful martyr and Obi Wan? What is wrong with you lefties? Murderer, dictator, and little Hitler are more like it. You're like the townspeople in Tom Sawyer mourning Indian Jim. Yeah, pekka, Saddam was a lot like Che. They both liked to shoot people in the head. And finally, enough with the Rumsfeld with Saddam in 1983. Remember Iran taking our embassy personnel, our embassy personnel hostage a few years before that? Iran's government was our blood enemy then (they still are) and Saddam was at war with them in '83. Am I possibly the first to tell you that the enemy of our enemy is our friend. Yaysus and Maria.

    By Blogger Roger Fraley, at 10:22 PM  

  • Roger, I hear you! Nobody is saying that Saddam wasn't an unqualified bastard but he seems to have achieved more with this hanging to become near and dear to many than ever when alive. These stupid conducts by the "forces of democracy" just keep on piling up.

    By Anonymous pekka, at 11:51 AM  

  • Pekka is right.

    No one is shedding any tears for Saddam (or Darth). But killing him (especially the way it went down) seems to have done wonders for his popularity.

    But to me the biggest tragety is that the Kurds will never have their day in court.

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 10:25 AM  

  • "But to me the biggest tragety is that the Kurds will never have their day in court."

    Yeah. This is bad and pretty bizarre. Al-Anfal was almost certainly the most horrific thing Saddam did. By some way.

    Anything from 100-180,000 Kurds killed (the lower figure is, if memory serves Chemical Ali's own figure), millions driven from their home, chemical weapons targetted against civillians... Samantha Power argues (convincingly I think) that it constituted genocide.

    So, two days into his trial for this atrocity, they hang him. Doesn't make much sense to me.

    By Blogger Disillusioned kid, at 8:14 PM  

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