Nevermind the fact that execution was at a U.S. military base where security policies existed to ban cameraphones. The U.S. military apparently allowed this unprofessional behavior on their watch, despite the fact that at least one U.S. servicemen and four U.S. civilians are currently in the hands of the enemy, captured by people who might now feel motivated to record their own execution videos.
I don't know. It's one thing for terrorists to do this kind of "record an execution and put it on the web" crap, but here's what was supposed to be an official, respectful government execution. And from the unfair trial to the phony appeals process to the ski masked executioners to the shouting of "Long live Moqtada al-Sadr!" by his executioners... well, let's just say that this is pretty disappointing, and reminiscent of the acts of thugs and terrorists.
Indeed, the most professional behavior during the whole execution was from Saddam Hussein. And you know, that's a shame, because Saddam really did knowingly have many, many of his own people killed, and he really was guilty of crimes against humanity.
.... just like other leaders, who also deserve to be punished to the full extent of the law.
I don't personally think it is helpful to execute anyone for war crimes, as it just makes martyrs and reduces what is supposed to be a lawful, just, and moral society down to an unseemly, morbid, and bloodthirsty level. This will become all too obvious as the execution video winds its way across the internet.
Personally, it wouldn't bother me to have seen Saddam locked away in a hole forever, without chance of pardon. It shouldn't bother anyone else too. We did Saddam a favor, and granted far more meaning and dignity to his death than such a man deserved.
If this is the best that the Iraqi government can do when it comes to justice, then I have zero confidence in them. These people are going to create a fair, just, democratic nation based on the rule of law? They're going to persuade the Sunni to put down their arms in exchange for "just" treatment? Ha. I don't think so.
If any peace comes, it will only come after the coalition leaves Iraq -- for Iraqis and foriegn insurgents will continue to take the opportunty to kill them, so long as they are there -- and it will only come after the Shi'a and Kurds have ethnically cleansed "their" neighborhoods of millions of Sunni men, women, and children. It will only happen after a level of death that makes Saddam's violent repression of the Shi'a and Kurds look like the hors d'oeuvres before the banquet of blood that followed in its wake.