Saturday, January 06, 2007

And you thought the Bush administration had done all the damage it could...

Sigh:
In the week since Saddam Hussein was hanged in an execution steeped in sectarian overtones, his public image in the Arab world, formerly that of a convicted dictator, has undergone a resurgence of admiration and awe.

On the streets, in newspapers and over the Internet, Mr. Hussein has emerged as a Sunni Arab hero who stood calm and composed as his Shiite executioners tormented and abused him.

“No one will ever forget the way in which Saddam was executed,” President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt remarked in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot published Friday and distributed by the official Egyptian news agency. “They turned him into a martyr.”
Read on for more poisonous fallout...

I wonder if there is a silver lining to this disaster, though...could it be that the outrage in the Sunni Arab countries could now be motivated to become a viable check on the growing power of Iran and the Shiite leadership in Iraq? Or, the downside of that thought, will it turn the conflict into a more widespread regional war?

By the way, "two guards and an official" have been arrested for the videotaping of the hanging. I would like to know definitively whether the moviemakers were Sunni or Shiite...