Sunday, December 31, 2006

What's the Big Deal?

Saddam Hussein has been executed. Incredibly, a host of human rights and far left liberal groups, blogs and personalities have come out of the woodwork to declare this a disaster, a tragedy, a mistake of epic proportions. His death sentence was handed down on Sunday, November 5th. Where were all the Mother Teresa's then? Where was the campaign to save Saddam two months ago?

For some, the fact of his execution is not cause for lamentation, but simply the "rush" to send him to the gallows ("As war criminals go, Bush wins hands down."). Nevermind that he was tried and convicted in a legal system which afforded him rights that he never allowed his own subjects. Nevermind that this man was convicted of ordering 148 men and boys to their death in 1982 in the town of Dujail. Nevermind that Saddam routinely awarded cash gifts to Palestinian suicide bombers (And now, they mourn him). Inexplicably worse, Americans seem to be mourning the Dictator's passing. The New York Times reports the "unease and criticism" around the world because Saddam paid the death penalty for his mass-murder. Predictably, anti-death penalty European leaders were somewhat chagrined at the former Iraqi President's untimely demise, citing their conviction that no one should ever be put to death. I don't recall such idealistic zeal during the Nuremberg Trials where 12 Nazi war criminals were put to death.

I am no flaming right-wing nut job. I don't think we should have even gone into Iraq in the first place, because it seems to have proven a distraction from the overall fight against terror. In fact, other than the terrorist threat to America, I would say that I am near totally at odds with right-wing evangelical dogma. Even some middle of the road conservatives scare me with their excessive flag-waving, tax cutting-but still spending antics. But it does not frighten me as much as hearing a fellow American use their American made laptop, through American made high speed Internet cable, by the grace of American freedom of speech, brought to the at the hands of American Democracy via the U.S. Constitution - expend an ounce of breath to come to the aid of a mass-murdering, egotistical, ego maniacal, fascist dictator.

In fact, whether he is in Heaven right now, or reclining on a bed of needles in Hell while the devil rams a large phallis down his throat, Saddam should consider himself lucky. By all accounts, he was treated well as a prisoner in American custody, a luxury he would not have afforded any of his victims. When he decided that a particular day in court would not fit his schedule, he was not dragged kicking and screaming by the heels, but allowed to remain in his cell.

So let's not try to rationalize Saddam's rule, as Christopher Dickey does in his Newsweek piece, "Death of a Tyrant." Dickey goes so far as to call Hussein's death "ignominious." Apparently, the jolly old chap deserved far better. Was he served a last meal? Did they allow him one last phone call? Couldn't we have arranged to send 72 virgins to his cell prior to the main event? Christ, in a perfect world, the prick would have been stoned to death by the multitude of his son's rape victims.

The stoic and implacable Fareed Zakaria sums up "The saga of Saddam's end..." as "a sad metaphor for America's occupation of Iraq." Why not ask the immigrant communities of Iraqi Chaldeans if they are sad for Saddam? "It was long overdue," said Iraqi native Sami Jihad, 72, a Chaldean Catholic reports the North County Times. In fact, so many Chaldeans were oppressed by Saddam, that there are virtually none left in Iraq, they've nearly all immigrated to the U.S., particularly Michigan.

The overly brainy leftish intellectuals, pundits and Human Rights sycophants need to chill out with their Saddam-remorse-rhetoric. His comparatively humane death on Saturday at the hands of his countrymen, as a result of his trial, should not be lamented, nor should it be rejoiced. Justice was done. We should be content.

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