First, there was the death of former US President Gerald Ford. He was 93 when he passed away and he sworn into office following the resignation of former President Nixon, who was implicated in the Watergate Scandal. (Yeah, that’s where people got the Gloriagate term. So not original.) One of his most distinguishing act was his decision to pardon Nixon just a month after he assumed office in 1974. He visited the Philippines during the time of Marcos and further back, he was part of the US Navy fleet that landed in the Visayas during WWII.
But that was quickly overshadowed by the execution of Saddam Hussein. He was hanged (how dramatic!) and people chanted and danced around the lifeless body of the former dictator (how weird!). I guess the people really hated him that much. I remember seeing this video clip wherein his statue was forcibly brought down by the Iraqi people following the US-lead War on Iraq and there were a couple of people who slapped the concrete face with their shoes and slippers.
I always thought that Saddam, being convicted of “crimes against humanity” would be put on trial at the Hague where former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, also charged with crimes against humanity, died early this year. Perhaps, the US wanted to give the impression that the trial and the execution was independently done by Iraq.
The execution took place outside the heavily fortified Green Zone, Rubaie said, and no Americans were present.
“It was an Iraqi operation from A to Z,” he said. “The Americans were not present during the hour of the execution. They weren’t even in the building.”
He added that “there were no Shiite or Sunni clerics present, only the witnesses and those who carried out the actual execution were present.” [CNN]
The fingerprints and footprints of the US are all over this, of course. They invaded liberated the Iraqi people from that evil of a dictator as part of the grand scheme dubbed as War on Terror following the events of 9-11 . Hooray for the Americans! The liberators of the oppressed!
I’d like to ask, though: Where are the weapons of mass destruction that was used by the Bush administration to justify the Iraq war?