The Hanging of Saddam Hussain
Saddam Hussain will be remembered for the years to come. Why? For bringing about a dictatorial revolution in Iraq, for initiating sweeping reforms in Iraqi politics, economy, and society, for ending corruption in his part of the world, for eliminating poverty, for instigating feminist movements, and enforcing human rights laws? No, because those are the things he never did.
Fifty years from now, the character we know as Saddam Hussain will chiefly be remembered in the Muslim world as a Muslim leader who fought the Americans and got killed unjustly. In the west he will be remembered as a Muslim leader who fought the Americans and got killed. Though the difference between two opinions is of only one word, it is as great as the distance between Baghdad and California.
A thoroughly incompetent leader, an entirely corrupt politician, a dishonest and insincere ruler, a narrow-minded human being and a shockingly cruel enemy, Saddam Hussain ruled Iraq more years than the average life expectancy of today’s Iraqi youth. We can safely say that he did nothing of any desirable consequence for the Iraqi people. He caused two horrific wars with Muslim countries for no apparent reason. He is responsible for the deaths of thousands of his own people, killed along racial, ethical and sectarian lines. He practically murdered his own people. The bottom-line is; there are heroes and there are villains, and Saddam Hussain was no hero. Then why would the Muslims or the Iraqis remember him as a hero? A simple rationale is that he was unfairly killed by the only person in the world more evil than himself: George W. Bush. As per the Muslim populace.
It is ironic, almost comical that by hanging him, Saddam Hussain has been unknowingly glorified by his worst enemies. Previously he was hated by Muslims, Jews and Christians alike. This may have been the only issue we could have unanimously agreed upon. Now there is none. Muslims have changed their minds about...