The Executioner’s Face is Always Well Hidden

I thought I wasn’t going to write anything about Saddam Hussein’s execution, because I didn’t know what I could say that hasn’t already been said. But it’s been three weeks since I wrote anything here, and I’m at a loss for subject matter, and somebody sent me a link to this excellent satire by Jerry Ghinelli, and I just had to share. The execution story is chapter 11 of his ongoing story of the French invasion of the USA. At some point, I need to read the first ten chapters. But first, as long as I’m here, I might as well throw in some personal thoughts to keep this from being just a link repeat.

I suppose my reaction to SH’s execution is just a big shrug. It’s really tough to be either happy or angry about it. I’m not in favor of the death penalty for anybody. I just don’t think it’s civilized to find joy in anybody’s death, even someone as evil as SH. And there’s a lot of validity to the arguments that his trial was a farce by a kangaroo court and a puppet government. But even given a completely fair trial, there’s no way he could have deserved any penalty less than the maximum the court could give. And in a few barbaric countries like Iraq and the USA, unlike more civilized countries, that means the death penalty. So I can’t get very upset about it, just like I couldn’t be upset if Ghinelli’s satire was true and GWB was executed by a French-controlled puppet court.

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