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A measure of respect for a tyrant

Read the account of Saddam Hussein’s last moments—it’s a strange thing. Hussein was an evil man, but still, he carried himself at the end with strength and courage and a good amount of anger. The whole scene sounds like it was tawdry and crude; the US continues to reinforce its growing reputation for cheap barbarity. And the unseemly guards, with their chanting and sneering at a man about to die…that’s who is going to run that country after we leave? I have no confidence.

I don’t think our country did itself any favors with this act, and Hussein went out of this world a bit more impressively than he had lived in it.

Comments

  1. #1 MAJeff
    December 31, 2006

    I was talking to my dad about this earlier today. As with Pinochet, the world is arguably a better place now that Hussein is no longer in it. However, the way all this happened makes me feel kind of sick.

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?
    January 1, 2007

    Even from a purely utilitarian standpoint, the trial series ended far too early for my taste. Convicted for the murder of 146 out of how many zeroes more?

    I have nothing to add about Captain Unelected’s Reverse Midas Touch.

  3. #3 David Marjanovi?
    January 1, 2007

    Even from a purely utilitarian standpoint, the trial series ended far too early for my taste. Convicted for the murder of 146 out of how many zeroes more?

    I have nothing to add about Captain Unelected’s Reverse Midas Touch.

  4. #4 David Marjanovi?
    January 1, 2007

    George Forman, if that is the price for having a “great leader”, I’ll do without one, thank you very much. I always get very uneasy when I read about a “leader”; the German word for that, you see, is Führer.

    Oh, and… Hussein is not a last name; the man didn’t have such a thing. The closest thing to that is his belonging to the large al-Tikriti clan/tribe/whatever.

  5. #5 David Marjanovi?
    January 1, 2007

    George Forman, if that is the price for having a “great leader”, I’ll do without one, thank you very much. I always get very uneasy when I read about a “leader”; the German word for that, you see, is Führer.

    Oh, and… Hussein is not a last name; the man didn’t have such a thing. The closest thing to that is his belonging to the large al-Tikriti clan/tribe/whatever.

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