Verdict: Saddam to hang
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Defiant, raging and arrogant to the end, Saddam Hussein trembled and shouted “God is great” as he was sentenced to hang.
“Long live the people and death to their enemies. Long live the glorious nation, and death to its enemies!” Saddam cried out.
Then bailiffs took the arms of Iraq’s once all-powerful leader, and the man the United States went to war to drive from power walked steadily from the courtroom with a smirk on his face.
The hawk-faced chief judge, Raouf Abdul-Rahman, sentenced Saddam to the gallows Sunday for crimes against humanity, convicting the former dictator and six subordinates for a nearly quarter-century-old case of violent suppression in this land of long memories, deep grudges and sectarian slaughter.
The Saddamizer received the death sentence for ordering the torture and murder of nearly 150 Shiites from the city of Dujail in 1982. I'm not normally one to trumpet the death sentence, and in fact I would rather it be preserved for guys like Saddam. Once you reach his level of evil, I don't see how you have any other choice but the death penalty. He's not getting a second chance, and every day he sits in a cell is another day people will have to wait to put the suffering he caused behind them. I realize that killing him is not automatically going to make everything better, but letting him become a rallying point for disaffected Sunnis while he rots in jail isn't going to help either.
And, I thought I posted some fantastic options for his execution in my poll to your right. Currently "Drop him off in downtown Kurdistan armed with nothing but a spork" is currently well ahead, with over 40% of the vote. You folks realize that if you choose the "Ted Kennedy drives him home" option would probably mean that Teddy wouldn't get re-elected, so you know, win-win. Just think about it.
I give you an oldie but goodie Cox and Forkum cartoon of the Saddamizer that hits ze nail on ze head.
Also, today is the day we vote for the folks who will go to Washington to make our lives more miserable. Honestly, I have no idea who I'm voting for this year in Tennessee because the choices are awful, and the candidates have done everything minus devour an infant on live TV to make me not want to vote for them.
Can we vote for Nicole Kidman as a write in? At least she would be nice to look at on the TV.
One more note, stay tuned to Tman in Tennessee for an upcoming super-secret-blogger-insider interview with someone who deserves more recognition for something he and someone else did to fool some people that definitely deserved some foolin'.
Or something. Either way just come back here to visit in a few weeks, and hopefully it will be done by then.
And one FINAL note, I will be posting the new blogs of two of my good friends who agree with me on just about everything except for politics. I know, hard to belivee that I would disagree with someone. Should be good for a laugh or two.