Saddam's hanging will not quell the current violence he helped to foment in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion in 2003. This adds to the importance of the decision President Bush will announce in a few days regarding the next - and possibly final - effort to stabilize Iraq so the elected government might function. Part of that stabilization must include a new vision of Iraq's God, his disapproval of the sectarian killings and the deaths of so many innocents at the hands of insurgent terrorists. Since the West is regarded as the home of "infidels," a religious leader inside Iraq who has more than his own petty interests at stake will have to step forward and effectively call for an end to the turmoil. If such a person exists, he is unknown to the world.
Who will mourn Saddam's death? Probably not his family members, an estimated 40 of whom he either ordered murdered or personally dispatched. He even murdered his own son-in-law, who defected to Jordan and then returned to Iraq on Saddam's promise he would not be harmed.
In a letter addressed to "the Iraqi nation" shortly after his sentencing in November, Saddam demonstrated his self-delusion was complete: "Many of you have known the writer of this letter to be faithful, honest, caring for others, wise, of sound judgment, just, decisive, careful with the wealth of the people and of the state."
That one will bring some laughs among his fellow despots in Hades, just before the letter is consumed in the fire.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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