Hanging Hussein

The Hanging: Beyond Travesty

I can't find words better than the Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer's in response to Saddam Hussein's hanging. While I shy away from Krauthammer's description of Hussein as "the preeminnent monster on the planet"--that kind of overblown rhetoric disguises the commonness of a disregard and devaluation of human life by political leaders throughout history to achieve their political agendas--I agree entirely with his assessment of the hanging itself and its implications for the new Iraq. As Krauthammer notes, the event managed to turn Hussein "into the most dignified figure in the room."

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