I have never wrestled with a topic as much as Saddam Husseinís trial. Part of me recognizes how evil you have to be to kill that many people; part of me cannot accept our method of justice.
Never doubt that I love and respect each and every one soldier that fights for this country, yet I cannot justify the men, the greed and the lies that sent them.
I love the original American way of life, but that way is gone now. I can only morn as people in my country die for globalization. I do not want to live in a world that can feed upon lack of insight the way Husseinís trial does.
While I agree that Hussein went to extreme measures, I must wonder, on 9-11 the people of America rallied behind our leaders to make this war. Similarly, the people of Iraq rallied behind Hussein during the Iran war.
We are caught in an international gossip mill. Hussein claims control over Iraq from his prison bars, meanwhile his supporters fight beside terrorists to kill us. Shiites and Kurds claim control over the government, as we fight beside them, so that our businesses will gain the proper concessions.
For every moral reason, an immoral arises, and vice versa. Both sides make claims that ring with truth. That is the problem with the Muslim world, what they say makes sense to them, yet we do not comprehend it as well; because we are not part of that world. We are fighting a war with only half the information, or better, we are fighting this war with only the information that people want us to have.
Examples include the governmentís possible execution of Hussein. Shiites and Kurds (according to the New York Times) claim that the execution is a good thing because of the things that Hussein has done. Sunniís claim that many of the things that Hussein did were in response to threats to Iraq, and Husseinís life.
Once you strip it all down though, one real thing really stands out, all of the interviews that I have read show examples of Shiites and Kurds that are happy of the execution. Some claim that it will not heal the wounds of the past, but it will help. I cannot, even if they do put on the courtroom charade, condone that. Is that what we want to teach the Iraqi democracy? Are we really going to let them kill someone out of revenge?
Of course in America we do not look at it like that. We cannot look at it from the actual legal standpoint of the Iraqi government, because we do not know Iraqi law. Was it illegal for Hussein to do what he did? Obviously he violated the Geneva Convention, but were they even a member of the U.N.? I am not sure, though I highly doubt it.
I find simple truths to be better though. I should not question if what we did was right. After all, I would not want anyone in this world to question Iraq coming to my house; kicking in my front door, locking me up and taking everything that I considered mine, just because I am not a Muslim.
Revenge and commerce, wedded together in unholy matrimony; tearing people like me, who just want to say they did the right thing, apart. I hope you understand that confusion permeates this piece. The main reason is simply this, how can we know that what we did was right?
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