I find it suspicious that the announcement of Saddam Hussein's death sentence comes a day before the US mid term elections.
It reminds me a little of the President's infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech from the deck of USS Abraham Lincoln- it is meaningless to the actual situation on the ground in Iraq.
I do not believe in the right of the state to take life. That includes even the vilest tyrant- which Saddam certainly was. If Hess or Speer were not executed (and if Stalin and Mao and their henchmen) for their crimes, then I see the execution of Saddam as arbitrary and therefore invalid under law as well as morality.
The fact that the announcement was made with the timing so co-incident on the US mid terms suggests even more that the sentence was given as a political gesture to suit the occupiers of Iraq.
What concerns me is that, given the rigged American democracy, this gesture might even work. Although the Democrats seem able to punish the Republicans in the House of representatives, it may well be that the Republicans will retain control over the Senate, which under the circumstances will be taken as a triumph for this pygmy President.
Bush and his cronies- the incompetent Rumsfeld and the erratic Cheney should receive no reward for this "November surprise". The President deserves punishment for the incompetence of his security departments, like the fiasco of Homeland Security and Hurricane Katrina. He deserves punishment for the sleazy scandals that the hypocritical Republican establishment have brought upon themselves. He deserves punishment for his bombastic vainglory.
He has created economic weakness, where before there was strength. He has created questions about the reliability of the US as an ally, where before there was certainty. He has presided over the terrifying erosion of US constitutional rights including allowing torture and false imprisonment as a matter of course- and on an industrial scale.
The Republicans did not scrutinize this fiasco- the American people should punish the "big government Conservatives" by handing them a defeat so large that no amount of Bushes bluster can distract the American people from the single inalienable fact:
Bush and the Republicans have presided over massive failure at every level.