In the same way that American leaders knowingly use nudity and sexual humiliation along with torture in places like Abu Ghraib, they purposely executed Saddam Hussein right on the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha is a day when Muslims are expected to show forgiveness. The date of Saddam's execution was no coincidence, it was carefully planned to make the entire Muslim world consider the consequences of militant actions against the West taken by some believers of Islam.
The journalist Robert Fisk clearly explained Saddam Hussein's swift trial and execution as one more botched cover-up of poor U.S. policy decisions. The world is now expected to completely forget that the U.S. provided Iraq with chemical weapons, the U.S. provoked Iraq's invasion of Iran through direct infusions of military aid and detailed intelligence. Does anyone else remember Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein?
Most people living in the U.S. are totally ignorant of world opinion. Citizens are content to watch so-called "reality shows" on television while world opinion turns against their actions. The laws of Texas are now expected to be enforced in all lands administered by the United States. Our great armies may lose wars in Vietnam, Lebanon, and Iraq but we expect the rest of world to live in fear of the next possible "Shock and Awe" campaign.
Right now many U.S. leaders are trying to raise the presidency of the late Gerald Ford to new heights. In spite of Ford's posthumous declarations of disagreement with U.S. policy in Iraq, leaders are claiming how Gerald R. Ford was a great a leader.
Ford was great because he healed the nation by pardoning Richard Nixon. Ford was important because he kept his mouth shut after the Warren Commission cover-up of the Kennedy Assassination. Ford was great because he kept his opinions to himself while his former assistant, Dick Cheney, drummed for war in Iraq with faked evidence. Ford was great because he took orders from the real sources of power during his time without questioning why. A great "Yes Man" Ford was, all the way to the end.
As a result of the actions of Gerald Ford and Republican leaders leading all the way up to the current batch, U.S. government officials can rest assured there will be no accountability for illegal actions undertaken while in office. Tom Delay, Mark Foley, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and George W. Bush himself can all rest assured they will not be held to account for the corruption, needlessly lost lives, and growing public debt caused by their actions. U.S. citizens will only look back and wonder why they let their leaders get away with serious crimes when there is no United States remaining.
Any leaders that expect problems to be solved by swift executions and selective memory will sorely regret their actions someday. In this way George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein sail into history across the River Styx aboard the same boat.
Robert Fisk Independent article