I expect that at any moment, cable news channels will begin displaying a countdown clock, ticking off the minutes until Saddam Hussein is put to death.
I’m not a big fan of the death penalty, not specifically for moral reasons but because it just doesn’t work. Deterrent? Please. And in this instance, do we think that hanging Hussein will deter other despotic dictators? Even the ones that our government has traded with and done deals with and propped up?
Anyway. I’m certain that some CNN composer has already developed a bit of theme music called Countdown to Justice, the graphics department has crafted some title sequence that includes the beheading of the Saddam statue.
And we call them barbarians.
Best ironic quote of day: “Our respect for human rights requires us to execute him.” Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
It’s almost Bushian in its construction.