As I was watching what seemed like 24x7 coverage of the hanging of Saddam Hussein, I could not help but think that the folks now in charge in Iraq seemed way more bent on vengeance than justice. I would probably feel differently if the guy who just dropped through the floor had signed a death warrant for me, as apparently Saddam had done for many assembled in the room that cold morning, or had killed members of my family.
It was particularly disconcerting to hear reports that the guys doing the hanging were chanting Al Sadr’s name (he is an Iranian stooge in charge of the Mahdi army that has killed a great many of our troops in Iraq).
“A voice is also picked up saluting Muslim Shi’ite leader Moqtada al-Sadr, whose father is thought to have been murdered in 1999 by Saddam’s thugs. “Moqtada, Moqtada, Moqtada,” intoned the unseen figure.”
Considering there are millions of people in Iraq, and only like 20 were allowed to see the execution, it is not a good sign to hear high ranking politicos chanting Al Sadr’s name.
The guys on the stage are in leather jackets instead of uniforms.
The crowd going crazy after he is killed.
It felt….bad, but at the same time, the man dropping through the floor had slaughtered hundreds of thousands, and it cannot end well for anyone who is responsible for such things. Think of what the Italians did to Mussolini…even after he was dead. From Wikipedia…
On April 29 the bodies of Mussolini and his mistress were found hung upside down on meat hooks in Piazzale Loreto (Milan), along with those of other fascists, to show the population the dictator was dead. This was both to discourage any fascists to continue the fight and an act of revenge for the hanging of many partisans in the same place by Axis authorities. The corpse of the deposed leader became subject to ridicule and abuse by many who felt oppressed by the former dictator's policies.
Iraq has a long way to go, and if this is any indication of how things are going to be there, it’s going to be a long time before they are on their feet.