Sunday, December 14, 2003

Hairy Potter

Wow, so Saddam has been captured, intact and with a pulse. It'll be interesting to see what effect the news has on the people of Iraq, especially the ones who have thus-far been afraid to stand up and be counted, for fear of a return to power or retribution from their former leader. He looked like 'Saddam with a beard', which means nothing when you consider how many lookalikes he's used over the years, but DNA tests will no doubt prove his identity beyond any reasonable doubt.

And what now? He'll probably go on trial in an Iraqi court for crimes against humanity and other equally serious charges, but will such a court hand out the death penalty? Would countries, particularly Allied countries, who do not use the death penalty, allow such a sentence to be passed? Whether Saddam deserves to die or not is not necessarily an issue, but whenever the Americans have had a UK citizen on death row the British government has diplomatically appealed for the death sentence to be lifted.

Will we see an elevation in anti-Allied terrorist attacks, in an attempt to diminish or reduce the impact of Saddams capture (and all that it symbolises)? Or will the support for insurgents actions reduce along with the number of willing suicide bombers?

(For the conspiracy theorists)
Isn't it strange how you never see these two in the same place at the same time:


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