Traditionally, Eid is celebrated with the slaughter of a few sheep, but we got a hell of a lot more than we bargained for this year.
Saddam Hussein was executed this morning at 6 am, bringing to an end a life that brought
misery, suffering and death to millions of people. Regardless of how it was this came about, it is justice and probably much more humane than what he did to his own people. I have always held that he should just be left out in Bab El Sharjee and let the people deal with him. I would have given him about 20-30 seconds before they tore him into shreds. Let's not forget that the traditional send off for Iraqi dictators is to be dragged through the streets for everyone to see.
I am not a violent person by nature, but I remember a book given to me by my Iraqi father-in-law titled "The History of Violent Struggle in Iraq" which begins with the words, "Over five thousand years ago..." which is only to say that this has been going on for a very long time. Saddam's hanging is just the latest chapter in this story. We can only hope that it is nearing the end.
A quick thought for Giacinto Facchetti and James Brown who we also lost this year....