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December 29, 2006



Saddam Hussein has become a martyr. I expect to see a huge increase in violence. True, he was a murderous scumbag, but he was more useful alive, as a bargaining chip, than he is dead. Seeing him rot away in jail would have been a more ignoble end rather than seeing him executed in such a big way. If he did have to be executed, letting him starve to death alone in a jail cell would have been a better way to do it.

Greg Kuperberg

Hussein was so obviously guilty that whether or not his trial was fair could be viewed as a theoretical, academic point. But there is another, very tangible problem with his execution. It was played not as a victory for justice and human rights, but as a theocratic Shiite victory. In fact it was played specifically as a victory for Muqtada al-Sadr. Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

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