Christine is wrong on the Butcher of Baghdad

Posted: January 11, 2007

RE CHRISTINE FLOWERS' op-ed on the execution of Saddam Hussein, "Justice was served":

Ms. Flowers begins her justification for the "revenge" killing by discussing philosophical ideals - "And for a moment, the people of Iraq had a glimpse of hope."

She says "some cosmic balance had been restored." She speaks of misguided mercy by the likes of the pope, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

Then she finishes her article with her view that "Revenge might not be sweet. But it can be righteous."

What is so righteous about losing the lives of more than 3,000 American troops, injuring more than 22,000 additional soldiers and the killing of at least 100,000 innocent Iraqi citizens, including thousands of children?

I thought this war was supposed to be all about WMD. Excuse me, I forgot there never were any WMDs to be found. So maybe this war was revenge for 9/11. We sure weren't getting the job done in hunting down the real culprit. So we appease the nation by taking down the Butcher of Baghdad.

Well, there's an old street philosophy that says "what goes around comes around." I pray that this never happens, but when you go to war out of misguided revenge and not justice, then you can expect the cycle of revenge to continue.

Thomas H. Griffith

Conshohocken

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