Saddam takes a dive

As the noose was tightened around Hussein’s neck, one of the executioners yelled long live Muqtada al-Sadr, referring to the powerful anti-American Shiite religious leader…. some witnesses and the executioner could not resist celebrating by dancing around the body after the hanging.”

(And he refused to wear a black hood. Somewhat ironic, given that one of 2006’s main media frenzies revolved around Muslim women demanding the right to wear one.)

So, the guy responsible for the deaths of slightly more Iraqis than Dubya is dead. (Although I can’t get that image of hooded hangmen dancing around the gibbet out of my head. Talk about gallows humour.) Although when you do the maths, Saddam is only slightly more evil than George Dubya, and Bush is gaining fast.

I’m marking Saddam’s scorecard with 500K Iraqis who died in the Iran-Iraq war, the 60K who died in Kuwait, and the 200K who ‘disappeared’ during his 23-year reign. Against the 655K estimated to have died since 2003 as a result of the disastrous neocon-led invasion, all down ultimately to the dunderhead in the White House.

And if you adjust for batting averages (Saddam’s 23 years at bat vs Bush’s 45 months) it means Dubya’s scorecard is actually far higher than Saddam’s, by a factor of five-plus. Saddam’s batting average: 2,753 people a month. Bush’s: 14,500 a month. At this rate, Bush will have presided over more Iraqi deaths than Saddam by late 2007, even if the insurgency doesn’t get any worse (which it will).

There IS justice in this world; it’s just a little unevenly distributed.

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