I guess even the normally rabid Charles Krauthammer has lucid moments where he takes note of right and wrong involving Arabs and Muslims. (Like Shakespeare said, "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.")
In addition to denouncing the general turn of events, he proposes the theory that the timing was motivated by sectarianism on the part of the Maliki regime. (I don’t know whether this is supported by the facts.)
Of the 6 billion people on this Earth, not one killed more people than Saddam Hussein. And not just killed but tortured and mutilated — doing so often with his own hands and for pleasure. It is quite a distinction to be the preeminent monster on the planet. If the death penalty was ever deserved, no one was more richly deserving than Saddam Hussein.
For the Iraqi government to have botched both his trial and execution, therefore, and turned monster into victim, is not just a tragedy but a crime — against the new Iraq that Americans are dying for and against justice itself.
Consider the timing. It was carried out on a religious holiday. We would not ordinarily care about this, except for the fact that it was in contravention of Iraqi law. It was done on the first day of Eid al-Adha as celebrated by Sunnis. The Shiite Eid began the next day, which tells you in whose name the execution was performed.
I’ll give him this much–he’s eloquent. I’m reminded of that cliche from the cartoons of my childhood: "Imagine if he used that mind for the forces of Good!"
The grotesque twist of Saddam becoming a martyr in anyone‘s eyes is indeed a travesty and a colossal failure. And his point about the importance of letting the trial run its course seems a good one to me.
How in tarnation could this have been allowed to happen? It’s beyond reckless. Not to mention utterly un-Islamic.