I certainly hope al-Jazeera carries the execution. This is why:
Earlier this year when I went to listen to Dan Senor, one of the main points he made was that
Arab Muslims are voting and holding their governments accountable; al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya have broadcast this around the regions… This is very powerful and very important.
Specifically, on Saddam’s trial, he stated,
The trial sends a message to almost every ruler who identifies with Saddam. The only thing that never happened is the governments to be held accountable – until now. The trial’s being aired by al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya. Senor spent half a day with one of Saddam’s attorneys and was told that other area rulers are terrified, and particularly mentioned Al-Assad.
One dramatic development in the trial in recent days was Saddam’s admission that he was responsible for the 1981 assassination of a small Sunni town where 150 people killed and the town was razed.
It is important for Iraq to close this 3-decade chapter [in its history].
Let’s not underestimate the power the image of Saddam’s execution will carry across the Middle East.
Update Round-up at Right Voices
Iraq The Model has the latest.
Update, Saturday December 30 While CNN spouts off how Saddam – whose own official documents suggest that a staggering 5 million executions were made during Baath era alone – was a”champion of the Arab cause”, Gateway Pundit points out that Saddam was hanged inside one of his former torture centres. As I said above, area rulers are watching.
The Anchoress, who’s a much better woman than I, grapples with the issues of morality. Me, I’m glad the SOB’s dead. So is Pamela.
Hat tips: Larwyn