And so it ends for one of the most ruthless dictators of the Twentieth Century dangling from a rope body twitching just as he had done to so many of "his subjects" before him.
The estimates vary but the consensus figure of somewhat over a million people being killed in his 40 years of tyranical dominance is fairly well agreed upon. This puts him in the same infamous category as Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and Mao all being charter members of the Million Man Club. These people all had another thing in common, they all believed deeply that they were right in what they did and their countries were far better off because of it. Sadaams last words were " Iraq is nothing without me". A power hungry despot is bad enough but when you combine that with a warped savior complex you have the makings of a mass murdering monster. Regardless of your stance on the Iraq war, one things certain; He needed killin.
The press has been absolutely surreal over the last 24 hours. The reporting ranged anywhere from thinly veiled sympathy for Sadaam to unbrideled cynicism. The usual suspects threw out such verbal inanities as "Primitive, Vindictive, Revengful , Rush to Judgment, Suspect" (timing) and so on. One media nimrod on Fox actually went so far as to say the Bush administration was remiss because they hadn't publicized the Sadaam atrocities via testimonials and video prior to the execution. WTF, isnt that the job of the press? Had he done so the hysterical screams of White House propagandizing would have been perpetual.
It's at times like these that the mainstream Press truly is insufferable. Whether this helps stabilize Iraq, who knows but some things are certain. The Iraqi people now know that this this murderous animal will not rise again as he had done so many times in the past. He will never torture a father while his wife and children are forced to watch; He will never slaughter entire villages or wage chemical or biological war on his neighbors and he will never pursue nuclear weapons. He was lawfully tried, found guilty and justice was meted out by the very people who were most entitled to do so.
The MSM ignores this because it's not nuanced, it's too cut and dried but it is the bottom line and everything else is simply noise.