One thing that has left a bitter taste these holidays, perhaps from the background of living in a Country where thankfully the death penalty is a disgraceful remnant of our pre Bill of Rights state, has been the execution of Saddam Hussein. No doubt the man deserves little or no sympathy, but the way in which America despatched him - of course in the name of the Iraqi people - to whom they turned him over only 35 minutes before he was hung, has been most distasteful.
The European Union condemned the action afterwards, but did nothing beforehand when it was patently obvious that an execution was planned before the new year. The Amercian media continues to feed one with propaganda - and a desire that we must know that he was scared before his death and even if video did not show it, then the official photographer is interviewed to "confirm" he saw fear in Saddam's eyes. Of course, the fact that he was the accused in other unfinished trials currently on the go in Iraq never stopped anything. The Iraqi trial process seems to be incredibly quick - a trial finishes and the appeal is also finalized within about 2 months!
Of course, for all the tyrant he was, they never found nuclear weapons, still have not and undoubtedly never will because it appears he did destoy them a decade or so before the US invasion - or should we correctly, and laughingly say, "coalition" invasion. Now that over 3000 US troops have died, more than on 9/11 in the World Trade Centre, he is beginning to feel the wrath of one of the most forgiving, and seemily naive voters, the American public.