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Saddam Hussein executed
Saturday, December 30, 2006  4:05:00 AM

by Flying Fox AKA Ted L Glines

End of a bad boy, beginning of ...

Saddam Hussein executed before dawn
29 December 2006
What Does It Mean?

by Ted L Glines

Our planet has always, up until now, been a big sand box where the bad boys have played and thumbed their arrogant noses at the world. Ghenghis Kahn comes to mind, along with the President of North Korea and a few others, some all too close to home.

What is the role of the United States (and allies) in this? We went to Baghdad, forcibly deposed Saddam, imprisoned him, empowered a new Iraqi government and court system which tried, convicted, and has now executed this Iraqi leader. In short (removing all the rhetoric), we went into this foreign country and killed its leader. In some way, this may create the United States into the newest and possibly worst bad boy in today's sand box. It depends on who you ask, doesn't it!

One Sunni leader says, “The president, the leader Saddam Hussein is a martyr and God will put him along with other martyrs. Do not be sad nor complain because he has died  the death of a holy warrior,” said Sheik Yahya al-Attawi, a  cleric at the Saddam Big Mosque.

Ali Hamza, a 30-year-old university professor,  said he went outside to shoot his  gun into the air after he heard  the news. “Now  all the victims’ families  will be happy because Saddam got his  just sentence,” said Hamza, who lives in  Diwaniyah, a Shiite  town 80 miles south of Baghdad.

It's nice that the Shiites approve. But, aren't the Shiites credited (discredited) for having killed the Prophet Muhammad, and aren't the Shiites well hated across the world of Islam? Perhaps, according to a major world view, Shiite approval is less than politically helpful.

The Sunni ties to Palestine and the surrounding Islamic nations is well known. When a Sunni cleric speaks, he resonates with most of the Muslim world, because their world is naturally a theocracy (where the clerics are the rulers), and the speech of Sheik Yahha is actually a call for Jihad. Whether in Baghdad, or in Palestine, or in London, or in Washington D.C., the Muslim world is listening.

At the very least, I would say that this execution has put many bad boy national leaders on the defensive. That is the best case scenario. In the worst case, we may have torched the fuse on a powder keg.

I am so pleased to not be a station chief at any of our foreign embassies.
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