The hanging of Saddam

When a life is being taken away, no matter for whatever reason,  I cannot help but feel sad. 

I am not going to dwell into the process of law. Looking to the future I feel that an opportunity for reconciliation during this divisive period of Iraqi history has been lost.  The Muslims are the easiest of people to sell this idea of reconciliation and forgiveness to. Unfortunately a different agenda is being pursued. Divided Iraq? Iraq will continue to be divided.

The only unifying factor for Iraqis is the mission to drive the Americans away. Bad news for the US.

It reminds me of a passage  I read about Muhammad the prophet of Islam

At the conquest of Mecca, the city that persecuted him and the early followers of Islam, Muhammad declared, “this day there is no reproof against you and you are free. This day , I trample under my feet all distinctions between man and man, all hatred between man and man” 


One Response to The hanging of Saddam

  1. azie says:

    Saddam Hussein is deservedly dead, hanged as the heinous criminal he was. But the process by which law and justice were administered was disappointing and highlights the wide gap in values between Iraq’s culture and that of any civilized country.So long as this gap proceeds, Iraq will not have a unified factor in driving the Americans away except for it to be further divided now between the shiites and sunnis thus giving every reason for Bush to send in more troops , the latest nearly 9000 new toops are deployed now into Iraq.

    Saddam’s trial by right should offer an opportunity for a firm principle of law and justice the way the Nuremberg trials did after World War II. Nazi war criminals faced charges of committing aggression, crimes committed during war and crimes against humanity. The judges were representatives of the victors, but this was not victors’ justice. But the process allowed the Nazis to defend themselves and several were even acquitted.And most importantly, crimes of the Nazi regime were documented for all to see. Principles of law and justice detailed the look at how they were undermined offered a lesson to all countries seeking to keep the commitment of “never again.”

    In Iraq however, Saddam was convicted and executed for the 1982 murders of 148 people in the town of Dujail in the wake of an assassination attempt against him. No doubt he deserved his fate but that trial did not lay out the broader principles of justice that should govern any legitimate regime. Nor did it review the full scope of his regime’s crimes that led to the torture and deaths of hundreds of thousands.

    At the Nuremberg trial, Hermann Goeing, the highest ranking Nazi in the dock, tried to dominate the proceedings, making a case for his regime. It didn’t work. The judges and prosecutors made sure the trial didn’t become a circus. By contrast, in Baghdad, Saddam was allowed to use his trial as a theater platform to continue to stir up his supporters.And it worked thus the uprising of the sunnis Iraqis and the uproar of the shiites Iraqis blended by the emotions of Saddam fanaticsm and Saddam hatred between the two.As a result, continous unrest and division in Iraq even after his death.

    The Nazis hanged at Nuremberg were taken to the gallows in an orderly manner, allowed to make any last statements they wished, and then were dispatched. Such a process, even when executing vile criminals, acknowledges them as human beings, albeit morally failed ones.

    At Saddam’s hanging, he was taunted by executioners with shouts of support for Moqtada al-Sadr. Al-Sadr is the Islamic-fascist Shiite death squad leader who murders Americans and other Iraqis. In a just country,he would share the gallows with Hussein. Thus,the execution of Saddam is seen as one group of murdering thugs killing a murdering thug opponent, not as a legitimate government administering justice and law.

    The situation in post-war Germany when the Nazi criminals were dispatched and the situation in Iraq today offer a stark contrast between the values underpinning the two countries.
    After the war, there were certainly committed Nazis whose only regret was that they lost. But there were also those who favored some Nazi policies but understood too late the regime’s folly would and did lead to tragedy. There were those who were deeply ashamed of themselves and their country. And there were those who had opposed the Nazis. A few fought the regime. Many were its victims and many didn’t have the opportunity or courage to oppose it. After the allied victory, nearly all Germans simply wanted to put the war behind them, roll up their sleeves and rebuild the country. Germany still had enough of the civilized values manifest in the West to put the country and culture back on the path to a civilized regime.
    Symbolic of the commitment to those values was the fact that amid the rubble, with little electricity, running water, food and the other comforts of a modern society, Germans gathered in freezing, collapsing auditoriums, bundled in worn coats and hats, to listen to musicians who shared their situation play Beethoven and Mozart and remind themselves of what it was to be human.

    By contrast, in Iraq the culture today is driven by tribalism, religious fanaticism, Islamo-fascism, power lust, hate and envy. Yes, many Iraqis want peace and the opportunity to rebuild their lives. But too many are motivated by savagery from the depths of their souls. They value killing hundreds of each other each week over respecting the lives, liberties and property of one another, that is, the principles of civilization. Perhaps they deserve to be free but too few are actually fit to be free. Establishing a democratic regime on these values is like building a house on quicksand.

    Saddam Hussein is dead but his malignant spirit survives and runs with the blood in the streets of his country.Iraq is divided now and no unified factor against the Americans shall exist so long as the Iraqis represent in them the anti-life values against their own people ie. shiites against sunnis or vice-versa. The immediate agenda for the people of Iraq is therefore to seek the true meaning of civilization in a real context of Islam.

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