Well, it looks like the fictionalized relationship between Saddam and Satan by South Park will become a reality shortly.
For those that are not fans of South Park, one running theme is Saddam's love affair with Satan - with Saddam often treating Satan poorly... the message being that Satan's not as bad as Saddam. The picture on the right is of Saddam & Satan having dinner down in Hell.
From the AP:
U.S. Preparing for Saddam's Execution
Dec 28, 11:42 PM (ET)
By LAUREN FRAYER
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - As Saddam Hussein's lawyer made a last-ditch effort to impede his execution Thursday, the White House was preparing for the ousted dictator to be hanged as early as this weekend, a senior administration official said. The timetable was based on information that U.S. officials in Baghdad received from the Iraqi government.
And, of course, this is great news. One of history's evil dictators who participated in genocide and use of weapons of mass destruction (both militarily against foreign nations and also against his own people) will meet his fate. And this is all thanks to the US forces that liberated the Iraqi people and then tracked this bastard down in his spider hole.
If you'll recall, Saddam was captured in Dec, 2003 - just over 3 years ago. But, don't let that stop the un-partisan and always rational NY Times from taking this opportunity to score some political points:
The Rush to Hang Saddam Hussein
The important question was never really about whether Saddam Hussein was guilty of crimes against humanity. The public record is bulging with the lengthy litany of his vile and unforgivable atrocities: genocidal assaults against the Kurds; aggressive wars against Iran and Kuwait; use of internationally banned weapons like nerve gas; systematic torture of countless thousands of political prisoners.
What really mattered was whether an Iraq freed from his death grip could hold him accountable in a way that nurtured hope for a better future. A carefully conducted, scrupulously fair trial could have helped undo some of the damage inflicted by his rule. It could have set a precedent for the rule of law in a country scarred by decades of arbitrary vindictiveness. It could have fostered a new national unity in an Iraq long manipulated through its religious and ethnic divisions.
It could have, but it didn’t. After a flawed, politicized and divisive trial, Mr. Hussein was handed his sentence: death by hanging. This week, in a cursory 15-minute proceeding, an appeals court upheld that sentence and ordered that it be carried out posthaste. Most Iraqis are now so preoccupied with shielding their families from looming civil war that they seem to have little emotion left to spend on Mr. Hussein or, more important, on their own fading dreams of a new and better Iraq.
Yes... 3 years is certainly a "rush" to hang Saddam. Just like the 12 year run-up to our final showdown with Saddam and the 14 UN resolutions were a "rush to war."
My only question is whether the hanging will be on Pay Per View... or whether it will be televised on Al-Jazeera....
ARC: St Wendeler