With the brutal hanging of Saddam Hussein in the pre-dawn hours Saturday, the transformation of the United States of America from world power to international exporter of terror is complete.
While one can argue that Hussein deserved to die for his many crimes against humanity, the question that history will ask is whether or not he deserved to die at the hands of a nation that invaded his country without provocation and orchestrated a trial to fulfill a political agenda of an American President who, himself, may be both a madman and greater threat to world peace.
The blood from Hussein’s death, along with the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and nearly 3,000 Americans who have died since the illegal and lies-based invasion of Iraq stains forever the hands of President George W. Bush and, because of his position, this nation.
We did not invade Iraq to defend our shores. We did not invade to avenge the terrorist attacks of 9/11. We invaded to serve a personal and political agenda of one man who used lies and demagoguery to launch a war that should have him on trial for crimes against humanity.
Saddam Hussein may have died for his war crimes but the man who orchestrated his death – George W. Bush – is no less a war criminal and his criminal action will haunt this nation and the world long after Hussein becomes just a footnote in history.
Iraq today spirals deeper and deeper into uncontrollable civil war, a nation that stands as a battle-ravaged shell of its former self. Millions of Iraqis spend days without power, hungry from a shortage of food and fearful of the bloody violence that has become a normal part of their lives – lives shattered not by Saddam Hussein but by George W. Bush.
It is ironic that Bush, the young coward who hid out in the Texas Air Guard to avoid service in Vietnam, now uses the National Guard and Reserves to fight a war for him in Iraq. He has sent more Guardsmen and Reservists to their death than any President in modern history.
Perhaps it is fitting that Bush and his wife hid out from a tornado, stashed away in a military armored vehicle while the Iraqi puppet government of the United States led Hussein to the gallows in Baghdad. Once again, the man who has no qualms about sending others to their deaths hid while others carried out his bidding and more Americans died in his bloody war.
Like most despots and war criminals, Bush is a coward, a cardboard cowboy who lives an illusionary life surrounded by his own fantasies, He began planning his invasion of Iraq before assuming the Presidency on January 20, 2001, and used the 9/11 attacks as an excuse to invade.
If this nation and the world survive the lunacy of his actions, history will no doubt prove the real crimes originated not in a palace in Baghdad but in the Oval Office of the White House.
And that same history may conclude the wrong man swung at the end of a rope on this last Saturday of 2006.