Is anybody else but me getting skeeved out by the fact that what finally rouses America to the concept that Iraq is fucked up is how mean people were to Saddam Hussein at his hanging?
U.S. officials have declined to comment publicly, but have privately expressed concern at the hastiness of the execution, which came just four days after an appeals court upheld Hussein’s death sentence.
The hastiness of the execution. That’s what concerns them. Sweet self-tanning Christ.
And, yeah, let’s just stipulate up front that the whole fucking thing was gross, and done badly start to finish, and the guy should have been dealt with some other way. That it was highly symbolic of all our problems there, that it was amateur hour, and that a trial at the Hague might have been better, and that this is bad. But I find it strange that this is what U.S. officials are now worked up about, the way in which he was done to death. As though, if it was silent, and dignified, and done by lethal injection maybe a month from now, the Iraqi government would be A-OK with us. As though this is the worst of our problems over there, on what day the noose was finally tightened.
I’m just a little stunned that after headless bodies turning up, after mass kidnappings and reports of women being attacked for being out alone and Sadr essentially running things and nobody being able to get a handle on suicide bombings and anybody important to the government spending more time out of the country than in it, what U.S. officials are peeved about is that a murderer didn’t get his due before he was murdered himself.
Because on a list of 1,000 things that are messed up, this is about number six.