Saddam Hussein's life has ended. Hanged by the neck until dead. A fitting end to life for this monster, who never showed remorse, murdered countless thousands of people, including members of his own family, and remained defiant until the end.
And, I have heard very little from those who oppose capital punishment. No one has come forward advocating mercy and rehabilitation. No one has suggested that none of this was really his fault, that he was a victim of society. No one has asked for years of endless appeals. Or should I say 'yet'? Maybe a little bit of that good Texas criminal law rubbed off on those people. So, maybe this was a good thing. Get it over with quickly. No use in just hanging around when you're at the end of your rope (so to speak). Okay, that was tacky, but I am personally finding it very difficult to think good thoughts for this very evil creature. Chalk it up to human failng, if you will. The world is a better place without him.
But, if you will take a moment to remember, let's revisit the day our troops found Saddam cowering in a 'spider hole', trying desparately to avoid capture. President Bush told America, "Now, the former dictator of Iraq will face the justice he denied to millions. For the vast majority of Iraqi citizens, the torture chambers and the secret police are gone forever".
Enter one Howard Dean: "The capture of Saddam has not made America safer...". Then neither did the defeat of Hitler, Tojo or Mussoulini. Right!
Enter one John Kerry: "Saddam's capture is an important step toward stabilizing Iraq for the Iraqis"...but then went on to disparage the Bush administration.
The list goes on, and on, and on, and...
The bottom line is this: Had the United States of America followed the path of these great thinkers, Saddam Hussein would still be alive today. He would still be in power today. He would still be the brutal, murdering dictator of Iraq, training suicide bombers to kill Americans, offering a safe haven to terrorists, and the turmoil in the middle east would be no closer to resolve.
This is not to say we do not have huge problems facing us, for we surely do. This is not to say we do not need to re-think our strategies for victory, for we surely must. But, what we must NOT do is lose our resolve in the winds of discontent spawned by the 'political correctness' advocates. We can win the war against terrorism only by remaining united in our cause.
We must 'shut off' the discourse of discontent that is dividing us. And that will become a much more difficult challenge when the leadership of the House and Senate changes hands in January. The rhetoric of the left will then become 'official'. So watch, listen, and be vocal. These folks only need to be around for two years, then we can send them packing. And, don't be overly kind to the folks on the right side of the aisle, either. It seems it is becoming more and more difficult to tell the difference between the left and the right. And that ain't good!