I promised myself that I would try really hard NOT to post about Iraq too much, and really really try to stay away from discussing Sasddams’ trial and its outcome; sadly that promise was not meant to be kept.
I watched the various networks today (CNN and Fox) and starting about 5 am eastern time, saw over and over; in bigger and bigger reports that Saddam’s execution was to happen in the next 48 hours and that the Iraqi President said there would be no stopping this. Now I know most Americans are happy to hear this, I am not sure why exactly though. I certainly think he needs to be punished for his deeds however I am deeply upset that death is the only answer. We are trying to convince the entire world we are lovers of Freedom, people who believe in Justice.
If one looks up the word Justice, no where do we see death in the definition, nor in the definition of Democracy. I feel as if I am being brought into policies that I and my children will one day have to pay for. I am not my government, but the world and most specifically the Muslim world; will see that all Americans are to blame.
Yes, I know that like any group wishing to get their own agenda to the top, the radical Muslim will simply use this execution as a way to blame more on America. This is a given. And yes, I believe that these radicals must be stopped; however if one takes a fast survey of world history; one will find countless radical movements that also created death and mayhem in its wake. This behavior is not one specific to Muslim radicals.
The main reason I am so loath to be jubilant about this mans death is that I believe that this kind of decision should never rest in the hands of any mortal man, ever. It has never gone well in the past, just look at the Native American and the way they were molested and killed by another cultures ideals.
I also feel uncomfortable with the fact that over 20 years ago, our government handed this same man the chemicals that were used by him on those innocents he killed. How do we now stand here and say, “bad Saddam, we have to execute you?”
We (America) have been sticking our political fingers in some many different pies around the world for the last 100 years that this was bound to happen. One of our mistaken choices turned on us, and now we must ignore our connection to this.
I lived in Iran for a few years before the Revolution began, stayed until almost the bitter end. I know how the Muslim culture thinks better than most Americans. This is not going to end well, no matter that it will not be American to do the deed in person, mark my words we will pay for this in some manner. And I sure do not want the forthcoming violence to be an excuse for people like Senator Charles Rangle to scream DRAFT!
Do I feel that what Saddam did was right? No of course not, but as my husband said this morning; if this behavior is a crime, then many leaders throughout our recent history should also be paying this price.
I came across this picture in Wikipedia this morning. * At the request of my son, I have removed this picture. He feels its nothing but propaganda, and since I respect his views and the fact that he is serving my country, I will do as he asked. I have instead left the link to the photo in this paragraph.*
It is not the first time I have seen this photo, its rotated around the Internet and news for sometime. I find it a bit disturbing that after we * as I mentioned above* gave this man such power and attention, that we now feel we have the right to treat him as if he were evil on his own.
Truth needs to be let out of its cage otherwise this could be happening again. I caution all who will be saying good riddance when Saddam is executed. We had a hand in this soap opera, and likely will have more involvement with other world leaders in the future. Will we then be dealing with the same behaviors, acting as if we have no responsibility; that we are not guilty of complicity in this mans aberrant behaviors?
Please, understand me. I am not condoning Saddam’s behavior, and when I think of the innocent children he murdered in the name of his ego, I feel sick. But as my wonderful Father used to say, two wrongs do not make a right. Executing Saddam will make more problems and we will have to deal with them. Also, I feel that the man is mentally ill, has been for a very long time. Since when do we execute the mentally ill? Justice will be better served if he were to serve a sentence, be given time and lots of it to think over what he has done. This execution in my opinion is really being done so that the people who for what ever reasons want him freed do not get a chance to accomplish that endeavor.
I am a patriotic American, I will always be a patriotic American. I will defend my country if need be, and do what ever I have to to make sure my children have a future free of hatred and pain. I just know that the execution of Saddam is not the correct move.
I would really like to know what you all think, so please take a moment to post your views; yes execution is the way to deal with Saddam, or no. I would appreciate seeing how you all think.