16 May, 2021

Ahead, Quicksand

The dictator's death is just one stride in the US' imperial plans. But the future now is boggier.

Ahead, Quicksand
The anger that seethed across the Middle East at the hanging of Saddam Hussein has lost none of its searing edge a fortnight after the dreaded tyrant kept his date with the hangman at dawn. At one level, a deep affront to religious sentiment, at another, resentment tinged with humiliation. Washington is now scrambling to distance itself from the backlash by seeking to lay the blame at Iraq's puppet president Nuri Al Maliki's door. But its disregard for sentiment and rule of law in sending a leader of Saddam's stature to the gallows after what was seen as a slapdash trial has divided the Arab world anew. The perceived anti-Sunni tilt of the move perturbed even as staunch an ally as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Saddam's hometown of Ajwa in Tikrit and the Shiite strongholds in Baghdad and in the south may not have strayed from the script. His supporters beat their chests in sorrow. The Shiite masses danced before TV crews. But in homes and coffee houses across Arab lands, it reinforced the sense of dishonour the US occupation has wrought...
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