Friday, December 29, 2006

The Execution of Saddam Was a Tragedy for Iraq and the Advancment of Human Rights

The execution of Saddam represents an end, but not the end expected. The expectation is the execution marks the resolution of the problem of justice for oppression victims in Iraq. This expectation is erroneous. There is no justice for them. Gay men and enemy sectarians—both continue to be the subjects of death-and-torture squads like those from the Saddam era. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died from violence precipitated from the US invasion and subsequent regime change. This is utterly similar to the ravages resulting from the Iraqi war against Iran. The execution does not represent a break from evil. It is a continuation of the same.

What did the execution end? An opportunity to treat Saddam better than he had ever treated anyone, and for the new Iraqi government to uphold the human rights he so despised.

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