Sunday, December 31, 2006

Saddam executed

So Saddam is dead.

I think these quotes epitomize exactly how complicated the situation is.

Quote 1:
Another witness, national security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie, told the New York Times newspaper one of the guards shouted at Saddam: "You have destroyed us. You have killed us."

"You have made us live in destitution."
Quote 2:
Um Abdullah, a Sunni and teacher in Tikrit, said she would wear black to mourn the city's favourite son.

"Saddam will be a hero in our eyes," she said.

"I have five kids and I will teach them to take revenge on Americans."
This is the end of one of history's chapters, though the specific book volume has yet to be concluded. I don't know what to make of it all. Look at how different the two quotes are, and I think we will begin to appreciate the complexity of Iraq, and why the war continues today. It was a severe miscalculation on the part of the US to not predict potential civil war after Saddam's deposition. But even if they had been able to predict it, I have no idea what the proper course of action could have been. It's just too complicated, too big for my small mind.

A good summary of the man's life.

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