Saturday, December 30, 2006

مش خروف العيد يا ولاد الهبلة

It was Eid day. I posted this, deleted it, posted it then deleted it again. I'm still not satisfied with the way it was/is written. A lot about a letter has to do with the audience it is directed to, so this conflicting emotional and qualitative problem will be solved by my directing this blog entry to the retarded monkeys making decisions in big houses...

The decision to execute Saddam was a stupid one, not because of the recycled non-sense we hear of it being called an unfair trial and what-not…I mean how much of a fair trial can such a bastard have? Given his history it would be basic common sense to say that the fairer the trial, the more certain his conviction would be. Right? But given the current political circumstances and the occupation, this was not the right decision to make.

The presence of occupation forces on Iraqi grounds give this trial a global scope that is bigger than just the Iraqi people themselves, however independent this government and trial is rightly or wrongly claimed to be. The occupation forces are there with a claim for the betterment of Iraq, and as such it would have been best to hold a line of rising above the practices of the previous regime, not that this execution of its former leader compares to that of the many victims he personally and vicariously had killed. If capital punishment was the intention ultimately or from the start, they could have left him lying indefinitely in his imprisonment, and once the occupation forces had withdrawn and the Iraqi government had stood on its own feet, the Iraqi people would then be free to do whatever they wished with him, and a brutal sentence that probably would have been.

Not to mention the timing of this execution at the beginning of the Eid, which is insensitive to basic sensibilities and mars its occasion for many muslims to say the least.

Having said that, for every Iraqi who feels wronged by this sentence you will find four to five more who are understandably more than happily celebrating it as justice served:

"Now, he is in the garbage of history," said Jawad Abdul-Aziz, who lost his father, three brothers and 22 cousins in the reprisal killings that followed a botched 1982 assassination attempt against Saddam in the Shiite town of Dujail.

However going back to the repercussions of this decision, for every group of people who are happy with this event you will find at least one person to mark it as an occasion to glorify the former tyrant, and that is one too many undeserved:

"The president, the leader Saddam Hussein is a martyr and God will put him along with other martyrs. Do not be sad nor complain because he has died the death of a holy warrior," said Sheik Yahya al-Attawi, a cleric at the Saddam Big Mosque.

And after all we shouldn't forget Iraq's bloody history in executing its former leaders. The Hashemite King Faisal II was killed after a coup and his corpse was tied to the back of a car and dragged through the streets of Baghdad, his family and of course his Prime Minister Nuri el-Said were killed in a similarly brutal way:

On July 14, 1958, when Colonel Abdul Karim Qassim took control of the Kingdom of Iraq by a coup d'etat, the royal family was ordered to leave the palace in Baghdad: King Faisal II; Crown Prince 'Abd al-Ilah; Princess Hiyam, Abdul Ilah's wife; Princess Nafeesa, Abdul Ilah’s mother, Princess Abadiya, the king’s aunt; and several servants. When all of them arrived in the courtyard they were told to turn towards the palace wall, and were all shot down by Captain Abdus Sattar As Sab’ a member of the coup d'état led by Colonel Abdul Karim Qassim. Nuri as-Said the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Iraq was killed by Qassim's supporters on July 15, 1958.

Yalla, these offended sensibilities and reservations aside, weighing all sides of the story it would be safe to conclude that the bastard had this end coming for him one way or another, and he had no other way really of escaping his fate.

But that doesn't excuse the stupidity of the the decision-makers involved. It only amplified it.

Update to the post written for the past but strangely posted in the present: ehh…just read the news. Or don't, better yet. Monkeys should leave politics alone...

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