With so much else going wrong in the Iraq war, it’s some comfort that justice will be served on former tyrant Saddam Hussein, whom an Iraqi court this week sentenced to death by hanging.
Saddam richly deserves this ignominious death. He was found guilty of murdering 148 people after a 1982 attempt on his life. It’s just one example of the long reign of torture and terror he inflicted on his people.
That said, it’s clear that Saddam’s death won’t be a moment of national reconciliation for Iraq or a turning point in the war. To the contrary, the verdict so far has only reinforced the deep sectarian divisions among Iraqis, with Shiites celebrating and Sunnis vowing revenge.
But exacting justice on Saddam helps bring to a fitting close this evil chapter in Iraq’s history.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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