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December 18, 2003

Disposing of Saddam

In many ways, its a pity he has been captured alive, but, let's all be thankful that at least we now have the b*st*rd. Judging from the many posts on Truth laid Bear I would say that they reflect fairly accurately everyone's dillemma with this guy.

Reflect for a moment folks. To the many militant types still out there bombing and shooting at US and UK troops, he is a hero - and potentially a martyr. No matter who tries him, no matter how fair the trial, his supporters,the al Qaeda mob and the many more who simply hate everything Western, will see him as an Arab martyr to Western Imperialism. This is not rational, nor is it sensible, but it is the way these people will see it.

My gut reaction, like everyone else's I suspect, is string him up high - preferably doing with his remains what the Israelis did with Eichmann - cremate them and spread them over a large piece of empty sea. But, the moment we do this, he will be elevated by his followers to the status of Martyr and Hero.

It may well be better to put him away safely and let him die the death of being forgotten and eventually just slipping quietly out of sight, psyche and this life.

Whatever happens now, in the short term he will be termed the hero and martyr by those who cannot see the evil for their hatred of anything they do not understand. Remember the Arabic proverb: "The enemy of my enemy is my friend - for this moment."

Posted by The Gray Monk at December 18, 2003 03:30 PM