Yep - it's a turn the other cheek moment for HM.
If anyone was the poster child of 'string 'em up high' it's Saddam Hussein. What he did to his own people, and what his clan did, was monstrous. He is truly evil and of course truly deluded. He genuinely sees himself as a hero of Arabia despite being largely responsible for the deaths of more Muslims courtesy of the US backed Iraq-Iran war than any modern man before him.
But killing him won't bring anyone back. It brings false comfort to a region soaked in death. And it martyrs him, allows his image to be rehabilitated in the eyes of some, Sunni insurgents for the most part, and become a rallying cry for a part of the world that really needs to calm the fuck down. Even if the US did the geopolitical equivalent of pour metho on an ant's nest and drop a lit match on it.
And most of all killing the evil poison that is Saddam, evil poison that used to be the US's bitch in the region let's not forget, allows people who didn't murder or kill to likewise be murdered by the state in an ever escalating cycle of legally enforced death. Like those who get raped and are charged with adultery if they complain in some backward countries, or even countries where there are 100+ crimes on the books that bring the death penalty (like Taiwan).
Murder is wrong, even judicial murder. Death begats death, more so in this case in any other given freaks are going to start lighting candles under his portait and clean their AK47s while whispering 'I am the angel of death, the time of purification is at hand'.
What should have happened is Hussein should have been handed over to the International Court, the same one the Bush administration refuses to have anything to do with, and tried there. And when his very long, very very fair trial was over, those wronged would have had the chance to say their piece and Hussein would have been revealed, like Slobby was, to be the deluded self important freak he is. He would have lived out his days in a three star motel that's true, but he would have faded away and die in 30 years time an old and broken man, not proudly stand on the scaffold and proclaim himself a martyr - which is exactly what he will do even though he martyred more of Mohammed's followers than the Israeli's or anyone else ever did.
He's a horrible man from a region where horrible men are readily able to come to power, thanks in part to the post colonial hiccups of departed western masters.
But let him live. Let him age and wail and gibber and froth and realise that his time on top meant nothing in the grand scheme of things.
And no, I am not going to debate the death penalty here. I've done that in previous blogs. If you're really frothing at the bit with a 'kill them all and let God sort it out' rant boiling in your chest, go find it and comment there. Or better yet, try your luck at the guestbook at the Amnesty website.