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.