A lynchingAn excellent article on the judicial murder of Saddam Hussein, which stood out from the dross that hacks have been pouring out on this score.
I don't blame them so much. It's nearly impossible to comment on this. One is horrified, yet cannot feel sympathy for a man who had none at all for many of his fellows.
But we can feel shame. In creating a martyr out of Saddam and denying the world the trial he should have had: in our shared court, with fair representation, with full account made of his crimes, his defence of them and a sentence that fits a broader notion of justice than the hot desire for vengeance of his killers, we have done another harm to our world.
Worse, we created him and created his enemies. Too few men tried; too few punished. When history judges us, we know it will be harsh. Like Saddam's, our memorials will be built on the bones of those we allowed thugs and killers to destroy.