Saddam is now dead. What happens next?

Originally published 12/30/06:

Saddam has been hung.

He certainly was deserving of serious punishment, even death (though personally I oppose the death penalty in general).  However, he was only a stooge of the real guys in power.  Anyone who watches TV should know that the guys who are really in power are untouchable, while those scapegoat types are killed to satisfy some purpose, either to satisfy justice in the eyes of the public, or as in this case, to serve any number of political purposes.  The Angry Arab posts what any number of these purposes may be for the interested reader:

The Angry Arab also notes that he will not need to be further bothered by Saddam’s horrible poetry. 

The Asian Tribune posted this good editorial from the World Socialist Website.  In it they speak of the crimes that Saddam committed that were fully supported in many ways by successive US government administrations.

Riverbend girl, an eloquent mouthpiece for women living under the occupation in Bagdad, speaks of the current situation in Iraq and mentions how bad things will probably become with the execution.  She says:

“Why make things worse by insisting on Saddam’s execution now? Who gains if they hang Saddam? Iran, naturally, but who else? There is a real fear that this execution will be the final blow that will shatter Iraq. Some Sunni and Shia tribes have threatened to arm their members against the Americans if Saddam is executed. Iraqis in general are watching closely to see what happens next, and quietly preparing for the worst.
This is because now, Saddam no longer represents himself or his regime. Through the constant insistence of American war propaganda, Saddam is now representative of all Sunni Arabs (never mind most of his government were Shia). The Americans, through their speeches and news articles and Iraqi Puppets, have made it very clear that they consider him to personify Sunni Arab resistance to the occupation. Basically, with this execution, what the Americans are saying is “Look- Sunni Arabs- this is your man, we all know this. We’re hanging him- he symbolizes you.” And make no mistake about it, this trial and verdict and execution are 100% American. Some of the actors were Iraqi enough, but the production, direction and montage was pure Hollywood (though low-budget, if you ask me).
That is, of course, why Talbani doesn’t want to sign his death penalty- not because the mob man suddenly grew a conscience, but because he doesn’t want to be the one who does the hanging- he won’t be able to travel far away enough if he does that.”

On top of this we get the news via NBC that Bush is considered the villain of the year by a wide margin over Osama bin Laden, by 1 in 4 respondents to the poll.

“Bush won the villain sweepstakes by a landslide, with one in four respondents putting him at the top of that bad-guy list. When people were asked to name the candidate for villain that first came to mind, Bush far outdistanced even Osama bin Laden, the terrorist leader in hiding; and former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who is scheduled for execution.”


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