An email from Iraq……
Our Chaplain has a calendar with verses on it (you know, one of those desk calendars where you pull the paper off for each day). Today’s verse was “No king is saved by the size of his army, no warrior escapes by his great strength” Psalm 33:16.
Isn’t that crazy, the chaplain just happened to pull the December 29 one off and this one popped up.
US President George W Bush hailed the execution as “an important milestone” on the road to building an Iraqi democracy, but warned it would not end the deadly violence there.
He said: “It is a testament to the Iraqi people’s resolve to move forward after decades of oppression that, despite his terrible crimes against his own people, Saddam Hussein received a fair trial.
“It is an important milestone on Iraq’s course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain, and defend itself, and be an ally in the War on Terror.”
SEE-DUBYA at Hot Air writes…..
Ever read the Book of Esther, about how a politician named Haman planned to kill all the Jews held captive in Persia? Haman built a gallows for the Jewish leader Mordechai, but in a great reversal of fortune, ended up hanged on his own construct. The feast of Purim commemorates the story and, to some degree, the execution of Haman. It’s a big party, with lots of drinking and celebration and it’s own trademark food–Hamantaschen cookies, said to resemble Haman’s hat. Now I understand it’s less a celebration of the fact that Haman died than a celebration that the Jews survived, but Haman’s death is part of the story–and part of the revelry includes cursing him and drowning out his name with noisemakers every time it’s spoken.
Gateway Pundit has the video.
Sensible Mom writes, Will I cheer his death? No. And I’ll give his suffering as much consideration as he showed his many victims. None.
Kim at Musing Minds writes…..
Saddam Hussein, on the other hand, had plenty of representation, was convicted, and sentenced to death by hanging. The sentence was appealed and the appeal was denied. His day of reckoning has arrived.
The Random Yak writes…..
Reaction around the ‘net is hardly surprising or unexpected. No one on the right is mourning Hussein’s early morning appointment with God - and some seem downright pleased the Iraqi goverment moved so quickly to refer the case to the ultimate tribunal. And, as always, the pun-dits are already out in force.
Our enemies were watching last night. I bet Bashir Assad was picturing his neck in that noose, knowing full well that George W. Bush’s ire would be something that John Kerry, Arlen Specter and any other sympathetic Senatorial dhimmis would be unable to save him from. Kim Jong Il and a host of loonies in Iran probably took notice as well. For them, the sad fact is that they remain alive only at the pleasure of George W. Bush. I doubt that thought gives them much comfort.
Powerline has Saddam Hussein’s last words.
Will this help or hurt in Iraq? I think this will be a net positive by a wide margin. In the first place, history has shown that leaving a deposed tyrant alive makes their return likely — Napoleon would be one example. It at least keeps hope alive among their partisans, and the Jacobites might be an example of that. That cuts two ways; it’s not just Saddam’s dead-enders who foresaw his return, but also those who would oppose him and those on the fence. His death removes all doubt and clears the deck for the future.
Hang Right Politics has photos.
The videographer, Ali Al Massedy, in this exclusive Newsweek interview, saw fear on Saddam’s face but heard arrogant words……
On the way to the gallows, according to Ali, “Saddam said, ‘Iraq without me is nothing.’”
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