Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Just Whistlin' Past the Graveyard

Have you ever known somebody who always throws a bucket of cold water on any great idea or situation that arises? No matter what, this person is always saying or doing something that takes the steam right out of any momentum you might have had.

This came to mind recently in the aftermath of the execution of Saddam Hussein. Some out there, including Amnesty International, felt the need to express their concern and outrage at Saddam's execution. (By the way, Amnesty International, Mumia Abu Jamal sends his love.) AI expressed their opposition to his death by hanging and even floated a trial balloon that his trial was rigged. Others have suggested that we should have stopped the execution from taking place.

Last time I checked, we weren't the ones who rendered the verdict or approved the punishment. That stuff was done by Iraq. We didn't have a say in any of it, so complaining to us about our inactivity on the matter wouldn't have mattered.

Which leads me to another interesting observation. Seems the people who think we shouldn't have gotten involved in Iraq are some of the same people saying we should have gotten involved in Iraq to stop Saddam's execution. I guess it all depends on what you want to accomplish...

I'm sure we haven't heard the last of the grousing masses, but it doesn't really matter. Saddam's dead, and he's not coming back for a "do over." He's gone. Get over it. Move on with your life and thank the Iraqis that they were willing to bring justice to a man who certainly deserved what he got.

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