December 28, 2006

What if they Held a Hanging and Nobody Came?

This is unpleasant to write, but it is the biggest issue of our time. Saddam Hussein is apparently about to be hanged. What will this hanging accomplish?
Will the hanging of Saddam satisfy a thirst for blood by Iraqi Shiites and Kurds? Will Saddam's hanging grant revenge to American neocons? Or will the hanging of Saddam give revenge to George W. Bush for Saddam's alleged assassination plot against George Bush Sr.?

Please tell me that George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq, overthrow of Saddam Hussein and continuing occupation of Iraq, which has resulted in thousands of dead American troops, tens of thousands of wounded American troops, many of whom are horribly maimed, and hundreds of thousands of dead and wounded Iraqi civilians, is not simply a dick size contest between George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein. Please tell me the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq is all for something more important than that. Because the hanging of Saddam Hussein is probably going to exacerbate the civil war that is already taking place in Iraq, create even more new terrorists than the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has already created, further strengthen Iran's influence in the region, and make the possibility of peace, stability and democracy throughout the Middle East even more remote.


At 9:40 AM, Blogger Aileen said...

Thought you might be interested:

At 12:11 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Thanks Aileen. K Street's post is terrific.

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

His death might have been worth it if it meant the end to the current crisis. But his death is just one of so many associated with this whole mess. It's almost anticlimactic after so much unrest and violence has been unleashed in Iraq. There are many days when I wonder where the world would be today if we had never invaded Iraq.

At 5:48 PM, Blogger Matt said...

It makes me sick. It just continues the cycle of using violence as a way of trying to solve problems. And as Barbara says, it doesn't solve the problem. Plus, this isn't like WWII, when the U.S. had a part in hanging Nazi war criminals who had started a war against much of Europe and North Africa, and against the U.S. (Germany declared war on the U.S. after we declared war on Japan after Pearl Harbor). Don't ever forget, no matter how bad a guy Saddam Hussein was, George Bush's decision to invade his country, topple his regime and capture him was purely voluntary. Saddam did not invade, declare war on or threaten the U.S. It's the military blunder of the century, maybe the biggest one in history, and it's sad sad sad.


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