Executing With Class

Since the cellphone shots of Saddam’s execution hit the internet there has been criticism that the execution was undignified and crude. There are apparently protocols.

But while there is no manual for such occasions — modern history gives us relatively few instances of absolute rulers being deposed, tried and executed — all the talk after the hanging of Saddam Hussein suggests that we viewers thought there was some greater codification of the protocols and proprieties than was apparent in the mocking scene that unfolded.

I rather like small dead animals comment:

This is Iraq, not Switzerland. By their standards his hanging was dignified. He wasn’t tortured in public and his body didn’t get dragged around Tikrit and Fallujah behind a pickup, after all.


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