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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Justice Served ? ? ?

“Justice is served,” is being acclaimed throughout the world from those who were diametrically opposed to the “Butcher of Baghdad," Saddam Hussein. To me the man was a tyrant and somebody who did not deserve respect from anyone. As he has been hung I reflect on questioning how far humanity has evolved since the age of the guillotine.

Yes, Saddam was an evil man, but what has been solved by putting him to death? Does the pain and suffering that his victim’s families felt go away? Supposedly the United States system of government has been brought to Iraqi but in a mere matter of moments Saddam was tried and executed for the select crimes. No there were no lengthy trials for all his acts of tyranny, just a select few. Where was his trial for using chemical weapons, weapons of mass destruction? Who questioned him on his battles with Iran?

Maybe this was all a show and just a distraction from the real issues at hand. For years Hussein was “our tyrant,” a good guy in our fight against Iran. Weaponry and financing came from the United States. Rumsfeld provided him with the technology and equipment to gas the Kurds and his own people. US policy was aware of the crimes and brutalities of Saddam but Reagan and Bush officials looked the over way. Relations were “normal” until Saddam invaded Kuwait. US ambassador April Glaspie practically gave Saddam permission to attack, since the US did not have relations with Kuwait. Instantly, Saddam went from good guy to bad guy and US foreign policy would be fixated on his removal for the next fifteen years.

Countless lives have been lost and dollars have been spent trying to topple his leadership. Hindsight shows that simple logic would have prevailed by just not supporting men like him in the first place, but that was not the case. Saddam has been put to death and the men responsible for allowing his reign of terror to occur in the first place walk free. It is a crime that the trials of humanity have not been allowed to continue and the real culprits have not been brought to trial. Robert Frisk of London’s Independent News, sums it up well in his article “A dictator created then destroyed by America.

The hanging of Saddam yesterday is no different than the brutality of the guillotine on the tyrants of the French Revolution. Men like Saddam Hussein sure leave a vile taste on the minds of men but even worse are those who had supported and allowed his rise to power in the first place. The rush to judgment may have removed the plant but the roots of the disease are still in place for the Bush to grow again.

Robb Kidd

“In such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners.” Albert Camus


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