Saddam Hussein: Death by Hanging

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The U.S. supported and designed Iraqi Court system has just sentenced Saddam Hussein to death by hanging. He has 10 days to appeal. If his appeal fails, his sentence is to be carried out within 30 days hence. At least one other, Hussein's half brother, who signed the order for the deaths of over 140 villagers from a place where an assassination attempt was hatched aimed at Iraq's leader. Others standing trial were handed lesser sentences, and more are still coming forth.

Those are the facts at the time of this writing. What do they mean? Proponents of the court and trials, will hail this as a victory for the Iraqi people and its new government. Critics will cite this event as an extension of U.S. occupation in Iraq, and contrary to the best interests of the Iraqi people and stability in Iraq, fueling sectarian hostilities.

Proponents and critics will disagree what comes of the verdicts. However, there are many things that will remain unchanged by the court's rulings.

The sectarian civil war will not abate as a result. Most Iraqis, including most insurgent Sunnis, will remain glad to be rid of Saddam Hussein's regime. But this common appreciation for the fall of S. Hussein, has not in the past, and will not in the future, reconcile political and religious differences and blood feuds between Sunnis and Shiites. Not even the Sunni and Shiite groups are unified within themselves. The factions within the Sunni population and within the Shiite population are growing diverse. Without the imposition of martial law, Iraq would be in a complete state of anarchy.

The factions focused on repelling the U.S. from Iraqi borders, will continue to target everything U.S. The hostility toward the U.S. occupation has been spreading throughout the Sunni and Shiite populations. Only the Kurds seem to be unified behind the desire to have the U.S. remain to prevent all out anarchy from overtaking the nation. (Some Kurds in the Baghdad area notably excepted.)

What remains a huge unanswered question, is how the various fundamentalist Islamic leaders and terrorist organizations will play the trial's outcome to their advantage. Some will surely attempt to promote the view of this event as a kangaroo court erected, controlled, and fore-ordained by President Bush and the American military. A few will no doubt argue the timing of the court's rulings were designed by the Americans to aid the reelection of their President's supportive party. The more intellectual of these groups will attempt to argue that the flaws in these court proceedings violate international law standards. They will argue the very concept of one nation invading another, and erecting a judicial system to vanquish the previous fallen government's heads of state, is a violation of international law.

What is not in doubt, is that the actual executions of Saddam Hussein, his half-brother, and possibly others, will be ironically touted by the terrorists as barbarous acts of the Christian West against Islam. How much currency such twisted and perverse logic carries in the form of renewed recruits and financing for terrorist organizations remains to be seen. But, the threat of this view spreading throughout Islamic factions in many nations around the world, should not be understated.

At some point, world's nations must engage to effectively undermine the propaganda of the Christian - Islamic holy war. To date, this is an aspect of the war on terrorism which is not yet undertaken. Much talk has been lent to the concept. But, little to no plan has been devised or initiated. And this is very troublesome for the future of most of the predominantly Judeo-Christian and Islamic nations of the world .

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This page contains a single entry by David R. Remer published on November 5, 2006 4:23 AM.

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