The End of Saddam...Or is it?
Saddam Hussein, aged 69, was hanged this morning at 6:10 am in Iraq (3:10 am British time) in gallows once used by his own secret police. The execution was rushed through in an attempt to provide a new start for a struggling Iraqi government.
Hussein apparently refused a hood and a cleric but did, instead, say a brief prayer before the hanging. When the hanging began at 6:10 his body was then left for 10 minutes to guarantee his death although reports claim it was swift.
George Bush has come out quickly to point out that sectarian violence in Iraq is still continuing and there is still work to be done. Maliki has come out in a much more positive manner concerning Hussein's death. He claims "Saddam's execution puts an end to all the pathetic gambles on a return to dictatorship." This, unfortunately, may be wistful thinking as violence continues unabated in Iraq.
The question that is waiting to be answered now is how will Saddam Hussein's death affect the violence. Will it bring peace and stability to the area or a fully-fledged civil war?
What are your opinions concerning Hussein's execution? Was it right or wrong? Is it of any relevance to students at Queen's? Do students care?