With the execution of Saddam Hussein this morning, it's safe to say there's a little less evil in the world today. I'm generally not in favor of capital punishment, the legitimate demands of society can usually be satisfied by life in prison. Like always in life though, there can be exceptions to the rule and to me, Saddam fit that bill. I won't cheer this contemptible man's demise, but neither will I bemoan it. I don't necessarily agree with everything that Andrew McCarthy says here, but these words seem right to me: "Saddam's death is a marker worth observing. It is not something to go up in a balloon over."
I have to say I'm surprised at some of the reaction to Saddam's hanging. I probably shouldn't be, but I am. Gateway Pundit goes a bit over the top with some of his characterizations here I think, but his links do point to some pretty screwed up views on the event. Look, I believe in the principle that all accused people deserve a fair trial. Did Saddam get a scrupulously fair trial with all of the i's dotted and the t's crossed? Probably not. Does it really matter to me? Not one damn bit. Under the circumstances he got a trial that was fair enough, which as far as I'm concerned, is fair enough. Call it hypocrisy if you like, I call it discernment. I'm not going to waste any tears on Saddam so that Human Rights Watch and a legion of morally bankrupt leftists can practice their empty moral vanity. There are far more people in this world who are worthier of attention.
Josh Trevino has his own set of links at Hugh Hewitt and offers this: "But then, they don't think the real tyrant is the man who hung today. That is their peculiar madness: an inability to see a fundamental good done without the reflexive, "Yes, but...." They think it a function of their power of perspicacity, but it is nothing more than the very thing that drove the dead man himself: the marriage of persistent paranoia, and enduring hate." I would add to that marriage a peculiar application of morality, one that leaves the employer with a heightened sense of superiority, but is actually empty and accomplishes nothing. Read all the posts he links to, if you have the time. They are truly enlightening on the soul of the hard left. Call it an orgy of moral masturbation as refracted through the prism of Bush hatred.
Now, what could be more fun than that?