UPDATE (from Dymphna): Uh oh. Some of our pessimists may be right.
Saddam could get out of the noose through some kind of loophole. See the links at “Rope. Bridge. Saddam. Some Assembly Required.”
An Iraqi court has sentenced Saddam Hussein to death.
Not by being lowered feet-first into a wood-chipper.
Not by inhaling mustard gas.
Not by being raped repeatedly in front of his family and then having his throat cut.
Not by being stabbed, shot, and having his genitals cut off and put in his mouth.
Not even by being machine-gunned from a helicopter and then bulldozed into a mass grave.
No, Saddam will simply be hanged by the neck until dead.
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The old suspensus per collum. Some will consider that insufficient justice; others will be satisfied.
Will there be a candlelight vigil the night before his execution, organized by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the ACLU, etc., etc.? Will George Galloway kneel, weeping, by the gibbet? Expect to see Episcopal priests marching up and down in front of the prison, holding signs that say “SAVE SADDAM!”
I have no idea what effect Saddam’s execution will have on internal Iraqi politics, whether it will damp down the Sunni insurgency or encourage it.
But I’ve never seen a man who deserved the noose more.