Concerns About Saddam’s Execution

Evidently I wasn’t the only one who thought that the imposition of Saddam Hussein’s death sentence was perhaps a bit rushed and unjust. According to the New York Times:

Iraqi and American officials who have discussed the intrigue and confusion that preceded the decision late on Friday to rush Mr. Hussein to the gallows have said that it was the Americans who questioned the political wisdom — and justice — of expediting the execution, in ways that required Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to override constitutional and religious precepts that might have assured Mr. Hussein a more dignified passage to his end.

So it appears that even the Bush Administration had deep conserns about this macabre sideshow. As I said in my earlier post, I hold no brief for Saddam, but the shenanagins surrounding his execution was not the new Iraqui government’s finest hour, nor ours.

Source: The New York Times


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