An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Why was Saddam Executed on Eid?

Indeed, no one has asked this question – Why was the execution done on Eid?

Is there a message? Or is it SUCH a great coincidence that they came up – against all traditions – to execute a person in a hurry (if I may add) on a day that they SHOULDNT have?

Oh, how the rub lies in the subtleties!!

While talking about the timing of Saddam’s execution Ambassador Hamid Ansari, former diplomat, told rediff.com, “Saddam’s execution is unusual in more than one sense. In Iraq… in the entire Arab world and in many parts of world, except India, Muslims are celebrating Eid today. Nowhere in the world on a festival day has such an execution taken place. Why has been Saddam executed today? This is not a measure of justice; this is a measure of revenge and celebration. We agree that it’s any government’s job to do justice. People are punished for crimes but Saddam was executed with a message.”

“I have done it,” is the message sent in conjunction with the major festival by President George Bush. The timing of Saddam’s hanging is vicious and can not be accidental.” argues Ansari.

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