Friday, December 29, 2006

Lament For A Tyrant

As Saddam Hussein faces a much-deserved hanging at dawn tomorrow in Baghdad, the commenters on the Globe and Mail website have begun mourning for the fallen tyrant:

adam mateyko from calgarycalgary, Canada writes: While he might be a hated dictator, the trial was not held under international courts jurisdiction; and in itself is a war crime. Victors justice is not justice, it is a lynching.... good ole Texas style. More like revenge by Bush for his straying from the list of 'good dictators' that the US has kept on their payrolls in the past, and even today.

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Barrie Collins from Long Sault, ON, Canada writes: So now the US and their appointed Iraquislings are going to execute the only man who had a hope in hell of bringing the chaos in Iraq to a halt. Yes, I know he was a tyrant, but I'd bet he was responsible for far less Iraqui (and American) deaths than have occurred since the illegal US invasion. It will need a strong hand to restore any semblance of order in that country, and it appears there is nobody of Hussein's stature among the current 'regime' to do this. Tito kept a bunch of warring factions apart in Jugoslavia, and Hussein did the same thing in Iraq. His execution will only exacerbate an already deteriorating situation.

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Asif Hossain from Toronto, Canada writes: The Americans will miss the good old days of a moderate Iraq once this murder takes place. The extremist Sunnis, who despised Saddam Hussein for not being allowed to operate out of Iraq, will use this secular leader's hanging as the biggest recruiting tool in the history of freelance terror. This weekend will prove to be the lowest point (if it was possible to go any lower) of American foreign policy.


Of course, many of the commenters are more careful to preface their remarks with a perfunctory condemnation of Hussein's atrocities before demanding that George Bush hang alongside him.

Tyranny will always find its apologists in the free world. No doubt the Globe and Mail commenters would have damned the Nuremburg trials for not trying and hanging Churchill and Roosevelt as well.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The trial was of an Iraqi dictator. It was performed by Iraqis. He was defended and prosecuted by Iraqis and he will be executed by Iraqis.
If holier-than-thou Canadians don't like it, tough. It's none of your business. You couldn't be bothered to expend any effort in bringing this tyrant and thug down so keep your sanctimonious mouths shut while Iraqis handle their own affairs.
Mind you, I don't expect any Canadians WILL keep their mouths shut. They are well known for sitting safe in their little northern sanctuary and, like little dogs yapping behind a stout fence, they tell everyone else how to live their lives.

Anonymous said...

It's unbelievable how people can lament Saddam's execution simply because he was a darling of anti-Americanism.

Yes Saddam was a socialist who ruled in the usual socialist traditions - we never had to hear his victims scream. But it's solely his opposition to the US that bought him sympathy.

USpace said...

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absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
admire brutal dictators

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
don't kill the poor dictator

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
mourn evil tyrants...
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