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The Anchoress took the time to assemble a good round-up of comments and reactions.
Do I think it is morally right to execute leaders who have been defeated in war? I have real doubts about that, but it was Iraq's call, not ours. In the Middle East, execution is a casual and routine matter, and they do not seem to value human life in the way that the West does. "It's multicultural, ya know?"
It has been always darkly amusing to me how "multiculturalism" can be so selective in its reverence.
I do not understand your thought that he was executed for losing a war. I was of the opinion that he was executed for barbaric cruelty, torture, denying the access to a legal defense, etc., etc. He was a monster and so were his sons. Perhaps, because this event has taken place during that moment of time when we are considering the genuine sense of fair play, and concern for our nation that one of our leaders displayed, we are somehow ameliorating the vicious intention of he who was properly sent on his way this morning!