Tonight, Saddam Hussein was killed by hanging in Baghdad, Iraq.
A media show was built around the killing by the US occupiers and their allies.
For instance, Saddam’s 1980s crimes against Kurds in northern Iraq, partly committed with poison gas made in the USA of his then allies, were not investigated.
He was now only sentenced for the 100+ deaths in Dujail; the results of a show trial, in many respects like his own trial.
The nazi criminals in 1945 in Nuremberg, whose crimes were far worse, got a fair trial.
Unlike with Saddam’s trial, their lawyers were not murdered.
Judges which governments may not have liked, were then not dismissed; etc.
Like Saddam Hussein’s fall did not stop the torture in Abu Ghraib jail, quite to the contrary.
Like Saddam Hussein’s arrest did not stop the war, quite to the contrary.
As Saddam was hanged, US soldiers kept dying.
As for “removing” Saddam Hussein by bloody war: why not in the same way as happened with Pinochet; the Greek colonels’ dictatorship; the Portuguese NATO fascists; Marcos in the Philippines; Mobutu in Congo; Suharto in Indonesia; apartheid in South Africa; Washington’s bloody stooges in Bolivia recently and Venezuela of the 1980s and early 1990s: by the people?
Oh, duh, because people like Cheney and Rumsfeld supported these dictators for ages.
So, again, Saddam’s removal by the people, like what happened to the dictators of Indonesia, Greece, etc. would have been much better than this war with over 600,000 Iraqi dead and counting; thousands US dead and counting …
A 29-year-old ex-soldier who had served 12 months in Afghanistan, upset over orders to deploy to Iraq, was shot to death [by police] December 26 after a night-long standoff at a house in Maryland [USA].
James E. Dean was notified earlier this month to report to Fort Benning, Georgia, on January 14, 2007, for service in Iraq.
Robert Fisk on Saddam Hussein: here.
An Iraqi Kurd, ex presiding judge in the Saddam case, on the execution: here.
The Vatican opposes Saddam’s hanging: here.
EU official: hanging ‘barbaric‘.
Even Gerrit Zalm, Dutch Vice Prime Minister, of the VVD, arguably the most pro Bush party in Dutch politics, called the hanging ‘barbaric‘.
More reactions: here.
Iraqi girl blogger Riverbend on the state of Iraq now: here.
One year after the hanging: here.
Tariq Aziz, the former foreign minister and deputy prime minister of Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime, was found guilty last week and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on charges stemming from the 1992 execution of 42 businessmen accused of manipulating prices. It was yet another legal travesty in the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Court: here.