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Robert Fisk: The whole bloody thing was obscene February 16, 2007

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Butchery was supposed to have been presented as a solemn execution

Published: 06 January 2007

The lynching of Saddam Hussein – for that is what we are talking about – will turn out to be one of the determining moments in the whole shameful crusade upon which the West embarked in March of 2003. Only the president-governor George Bush and Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara could have devised a militia administration in Iraq so murderous and so immoral that the most ruthless mass murderer in the Middle East could end his days on the gallows as a figure of nobility, scalding his hooded killers for their lack of manhood and – in his last seconds – reminding the thug who told him to “go to hell” that the hell was now Iraq.

“Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it,” Malcolm reported of the execution of the treacherous Thane of Cawdor in Macbeth. Or, as a good friend of mine in Ballymena said to me on the phone a few hours later, “The whole bloody thing was obscene.” Quite so. On this occasion, I’ll go along with the voice of Protestant Ulster.

Of course, Saddam gave his victims no trial; his enemies had no opportunity to hear the evidence against them; they were mown down into mass graves, not handed a black scarf to prevent the hangman’s noose from burning their neck as it broke their spine. Justice was “done”, even if a trifle cruelly. But this is not the point. Regime change was done in our name and Saddam’s execution was a direct result of our crusade for a “new” Middle East. To watch a uniformed American general – despite the indiscipline of more and more US troops in Iraq – wheedling and whining at a press conference that his men were very courteous to Saddam until the very moment of handover to Muqtada al-Sadr’s killers could only be appreciated with the blackest of humour…read more

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