So long, Saddam

Well, there's at least one item of good news from Iraq: Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to death. Not that the court that tried him can be taken that seriously, or that the offenses he was tried for are particularly important compared the full extent of his crimes, and it is a shame that we won't have a long look at the document trail of, say, the Western and Arab countries that collaborated with him or armed his regime throughout his reign.

And perhaps there is something to learn from Iraq after all: they will be dispensing of his person by good old fashioned hanging, in my opinion a much more humane way to kill people than the electric chair or gas chamber.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.