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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2556

Saddam Hussein Execution: Mixed Reactions in the United States

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 30 December (Asiantribune.com): The ouster of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein by Coalition Forces led by the United States plunged that nation in to chaos which led to the current ‘sectarian war’ or now slowly being termed as ‘civil war’ but execution at 6:05 am Iraqi time on Saturday will absolutely not have any bearing of what’s happening now in Iraq was the consensus of political and foreign policy experts here.Saddam Hussein - Death sentence executed.Saddam Hussein - Death sentence executed.

Professor Michael Scharf, who trained the Iraqi judges for the trial, told the CNN that the trial was very carefully planned using Iraqi official documents that bore the signature of Saddam Hussein. He opined that the trial was free and fair even dropping several charges against the former Iraqi dictator.

The execution came 56 days after a court convicted him and sentenced him to death for his role in the killings of 148 Shiite Muslims from a town where assassins tried to kill him in 1982.

The execution also came at a time the Bush administration, having confronted with the findings of the Iraqi Study Group recommendations that were unpalatable for White House, was searching for a new path and a different course of action in his already failed Iraqi policy. The Bush Administration’s adventurism in Iraq dominated the mid term elections in November that cost the Republican Party both the Senate and the House after 12 years.

Saddam Hussein after he was hauled from a hole in the ground by pursuing US Forces.Saddam Hussein after he was hauled from a hole in the ground by pursuing US Forces.Two professionals in the Council of Foreign Affairs and the Center for Strategic and International Studies were of the opinion that Saddam Hussein’s execution on Saturday will have no bearing at all on the current situation in Iraq. It will further divide the nation, is what they believe.

Only impact seen here was a large group of Muslims came out of their houses with the Iraqi National Flag in Dearborn in Chicago to hail the execution the moment the news broke of his demise.

President Bush, in the last two weeks, has been meeting historians, political experts, strategists, foreign policy experts and members of his own cabinet and advisors to map out a new strategy for Iraq. He is expected to pronounce his administration’s ‘new course’ in early January.

- Asian Tribune -

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