Sunday, December 31, 2006

Bye Bye Saddam...

So, almost the end of 2006 and am I glad! What a horrible year it has been - 'Peace On Earth' - yer jokin', aren't ya? And I don't expect 2007 to be any less violent. But at least we are rid of one hideous tyrant, and I am a bit surprised at the reported reaction on the 'Arab street' - 'yes, Saddam may have been a bad guy, but it was a shame to execute him on the first day of Eid Al-Adha', 'yes, he was a criminal, but what about Bush and Blair?', 'it was all an American plot'. Amazing. I doubt that there is one person on the planet that would deny Saddam's atrocities, but somehow it all comes back to the West.

Well, while I do not support the war in Iraq (it would have been far easier and cheaper to have Special Forces go in and take Saddam out), the people who tried Saddam, found him guilty and hanged him were Iraqis. The future of Iraq is in the hands of Iraqis. They can either unite or split, I personally don't care. It seems likely to me that something similar to the anarchy that prevails now would have happened anyway had some other party managed to overthrow Saddam. The point is that modern Iraq was always three blocs (Sunni, Shi'a and Kurd) bolted together as one. Nobody can force them to stay together. If the factions are too blinkered to see their mutual advantage in being one strong country rather than three feeble ones, then why not let them try it out and see how they get on?


Blogger Mme Cyn said...

Well put, as usual, Keefieboy. I for one have not shed a tear. You're a savvy one, so tell us... did the Bush/Blair contingent at least have the good sense not to comment on the execution?

8:16 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've been living in Dubai for the past 12 years, yet I am surprised that you are surprised at the Arab reaction about the execution on the first day of Eid.

Eid Al-Adha falls in the month of Thul Hijja, one of the four "hurum" months where wrong-doing is especially frowned upon because of the religious significance of the months. During Eid all sentences are absolutely prohibited and it is preferred if mercy and parole are issued (hence the reason HH has released so many inmates from prison during Eid).

So regardless of the Arabs' liking to Saddam, everyone is complaining about the timing because it IS an insult to the religious values and not because we are forgetful to what he has done.

10:06 am  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

KJ: the executioners were Muslims yes?

11:29 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The executioners were Shiites, a sect of Muslims who have different belief systems than Sunni. Shiites are often not considered Muslims in the literal meaning since they disagree with fundamental Islamic beliefs, like that the Prophet Muhammad is the actual prophet. They tend to highly worship and revere Hassan and Hussein and even perform pilgrimages to their shrines, and not to Mecca. These differences render them non Muslims in the strict sense although they do practice some other Islamic teachings.

Sunnis and Shiites have always been in quarrel. Shiites sought to control the Sunni Iraq, and given that Saddam is a Sunni, it isn't surprising that the Shiites executioners were more than happy to get rid of him.

8:57 pm  
Blogger BuJ said...

i'm surprised that u haven't had many comments on this controversial topic.. maybe people just don't care..

however, keefie, remember people always blame outsiders rather than blame themselves. it just happens in this case that "them" have made it very easy for others to blame them!

12:00 pm  
Blogger CG said...

Muslims have no sects. In Islam, there are two major schools of thought, the Shia and the Sunni. Both have many things in common. They follow the same book - Quran. They follow the same prophet Muhammad (P). Both offer their prayers five time a day. Both fast in the month of Ramadan. They both go for hajj, pilgrimage to Mecca. Those who follow Prophet Muhammad (P), in accordance with his sayings and actions, are called Sunni and those who in addition follow the sayings and views of Ali (Muhammad's son-in- law), as the rightful successor to Prophet Muhammad (P), are called Shia. Shia means a partisan (party of Ali) and it started more as a political party to help Ali in his conflict with his political adversaries.

7:05 pm  

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