I thought the US liked dictators.
- They had no problem with the Shah in Iran.
- No problem with the royal family in Saudi Arabia (“friends” in the region)
- Puppet dictators have been a long time favorite of the US government (long list)
- Saddam and the US actually used to have a nice cosy history some time back (oh the irony).
The US has no problem with any dictatorship no matter how terrible provided the arrangement is mutually beneficial for them. The long line of dictatorships in North Korea (for example) will not be overthrown because there are no resources there for the US to exploit and North Korea has WMDs (and the western world knows it!).
With Saddam people at least had some stability and a social status quo - now they have neither, the country is in chaos, occupied by a foreign invader and on the brink of civil war. This execution is simply a staged show, an attempt to demonstrate some “success” in the region.
What the trial should have been about was whether the war was legal (it wasn’t), whether the war was justified (it wasn’t) and whether Sadaam had WMDs after the first Gulf War (he didn’t). What is the point of a trial whose outcome is predetermined by an occupying force? None. It is a show. The execution the end of that show.
Bush has no problem with people suffering around the world under other more tyrannical dictatorships unless it affects US interests - on which case he is invading to “free the people”.
So please have no illusions that this was done for the people of Iraq.
Also please note that at no point did I say Saddam was anything other than a tyrant. He is just one of many who are completely ignored and do business regularly with the US.
Finally, if the US isn’t careful with the direction it is headed, it to will be under a dictatorship too. An illusion of democracy is no safeguard against tyrants. Bush has caused many magnitudes more damage to the world than Sadaam ever could - and he has no fear of execution (though he was all to happy to sentence people to Death Row).