Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Mills of God

UPDATE (from Dymphna): Uh oh. Some of our pessimists may be right.

Saddam could get out of the noose through some kind of loophole. See the links at “Rope. Bridge. Saddam. Some Assembly Required.”


The GibbetAn Iraqi court has sentenced Saddam Hussein to death.

Not by being lowered feet-first into a wood-chipper.

Not by inhaling mustard gas.

Not by being raped repeatedly in front of his family and then having his throat cut.

Not by being stabbed, shot, and having his genitals cut off and put in his mouth.

Not even by being machine-gunned from a helicopter and then bulldozed into a mass grave.

No, Saddam will simply be hanged by the neck until dead.
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Saddam at sentencingThe old suspensus per collum. Some will consider that insufficient justice; others will be satisfied.

Will there be a candlelight vigil the night before his execution, organized by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the ACLU, etc., etc.? Will George Galloway kneel, weeping, by the gibbet? Expect to see Episcopal priests marching up and down in front of the prison, holding signs that say “SAVE SADDAM!”

I have no idea what effect Saddam’s execution will have on internal Iraqi politics, whether it will damp down the Sunni insurgency or encourage it.

But I’ve never seen a man who deserved the noose more.

8 comments:

Pastorius said...

Pamela has a post up at Atlas claiming that Dan Rather was caught on camera this morning uttering the following words:

"The last time I talked to Saddam Hussein, he denied he had WMD. You Americans can't take the blood."

Isn't Rather American himself?

The definitive picture of the evil that is Saddam Hussein is the photo of the mother and child lying dead in the streets of Halabja.

Dymphna said...

If wanting Saddam to bear thr full price for the horrible evils he inflicted on the Iraqi people means that I'm lowering myself to his level, so be it.

But I dare you to say that to an Iraqi.

How morally superior of you, Supercop. At least you stay in character.

Can't understand why you come here. You don't like what we have to say and you're unpleaant when you do show up. Is this some kind of release valve for you, so you don't have to torture flies or little kids?

Get back under the bridge. You're scaring the pedestrians.

Dymphna said...

Pastorius--

I think it will be years and years before they finish uncovering the evil that constituted Saddam Hussein. His vileness is beyond words. Unlike Hitler, who had the good sense to off himself before the victors showed up, Saddam scurried to a spider hole. Probably a manifestation of both cowardice and delusion.

Who knows? Iraq will breathe easier when he is gone.

Exile said...

Anyone wanna take the bet, that Saddam doesn't get hung and by some twist of fate, gets life imprisonment. "Life" means, until after the US and coalition forces leave Iraq.

I'll believe it if I see the video of Saddam swinging in the breeze..

Somehow, I don't think they'll hang him. Just a strange feeling.
Call it a hunch.

kkollwitz said...

Exile, you beat me to it:
"I'll believe it if I see the video of Saddam swinging in the breeze.."

Jonathan said...

ah... sweet sweet, long running and delayed justice.

a little while coming really and a superb chance for the Iraqi people to restart themselves-- if they, and we in the US and the West take it properly.

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
That Justice in Iraq was sought;
I know of no reason why a dictator's seizure
Should ever be forgot.

Anonymous said...

The one beauty of hanging is it is the most ignominious form of execution. Other than killing him once for each person he had killed, exactly the way he had them killed, hanging does second best.

I am not normally a ghoul, but this is one snuff film I may actually watch. The next needs to be OBL.

Jonathan said...

isn't there somewhere that states that "cursed is anyman who hangs on a tree" or something of the sort?