Saturday, December 30, 2006

6 a.m. Iraqi time

Saddam Hussein has been executed. The symbolic gesture is done.

He was apparently scheduled for another trial on January 8 for the killing of tens of thousands of Kurds in the '80s. Guess that won't be happening -- he was probably looking forward to it, considering the ... um ... circumstances.

Here's a fascinating story in the NY Times on the resting places of other notorious 20th-century dictators.

While the LA Times is the first to analyze how his death will affect the current situation in Iraq. (*Hint: The headline reads, "Impact of Hussein's death likely to be limited: The execution only underscores lingering divisions in Iraq.")

Hussein's death didn't nearly bring the same kind of satisfaction for me than when his sons, Uday and Qusay, were killed over three years ago. I was originally introduced to this progenic pair in -- of all places -- a Maxim article (no longer available online) way before the American-led invasion. It was a highly in-depth profile on the two sociopaths with extensive interviews weaved into a literary style. I remember being quite impressed at the time.

Anyway, I don't know what the point of this post is, but yes. Political nepotism. Everywhere. Baaaaaad!

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