Dec 31 2006

The death of Saddam Hussein: the most expensive contract killing in history?

Saddam Hussein is dead.

Plenty of people in the Middle East and at least one cranky Vancouverite seem a little choked up that Iraqis in Baghdad had the bad taste to dance in the streets as the old dictator’s corpse was still hanging from the gallows.

Will Saddam’s death make a dent in the chaos in Iraq? Hopefully yes, but probably not. And if the country’s fragile democracy falls to thugs and demagogues like the old Weimar Republic that ultimately gave way to the Nazis, the US will count the brutal tyrant’s demise as it’s only achieved mission objective.

That’s a $354 billion (and counting) whacking.

At least things in Iraq can only get better. Well, one can hope.

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