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Saddam's Execution: 'It will be taken as an American decision'
Experts on Iraq react to the execution of Saddam Hussein
Saturday December 30, 2006
Rosemary Hollis, director of research at Chatham House, London
It's tawdry. It's not going to achieve anything because of the way the trial was conducted and the way the occupation was conducted. Life in Iraq has become so precarious that many people are saying it was safer under Saddam Hussein - it makes the whole thing look like a poke in the eye as opposed to closure or some kind of contribution to the future of Iraq. The purpose should have been to see justice done in a transparent manner ... the trial was gruesome, occasionally farcical, and failed to fulfil its promise of giving satisfaction.
Mishkat al-Moumin, former environment minister in transitional Iraqi government, now at the Middle East Institute in Washington
Ordinary people who were abused by him will be relieved. His opponents will be relieved when he is finally gone. He abused people severely and his abuses were on a nationwide scale. He killed so many people. At the political level, those who support him might try to take revenge but on the people's side they will feel they have seen justice done.
Kamil Mahdi, Iraqi expatriate, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter university
Quite honestly, I don't think much of it any more, given what's happening in Iraq. It will be taken as an American decision. The worst thing is that it's an issue which, in an ideal situation, should have unified Iraq but the Americans have succeeded in dividing the Iraqis.