BBC News Flash has announced that Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to death by hanging. His brother Barzan al-Tikriti was also sentenced to death, as was Iraq's former chief judge Awad Hamed al-Bander.
I am not surprised by the verdict as that has long been predicted, not so much by KTemoc but by virtually everyone who doesn't believe in the tooth fairy or Santa Claus.
Whether Saddam Hussein deserves it or not has been irrelevant to the trial as the American engineered kangaroo court in Iraq had been to ensure that Saddam Hussein won't be able to spill the American beans in, say, a World Court which cannot be controlled by the US Administration, successive ones which were complicit
Yes, the Yanks had been complicit in virtually all of Saddam's war crimes and genocides such as the gassing of the Iranians and Kurds, and the suppression of any Iraqi opposition. The Kurds and Shiites of course knew and know of the US complicity in their oppression, but they're dealing with one bastard at a time.
Firstly, the guilty verdict with a death sentence, apart from being engineered by the Americans, serve as some form of closure to the grieving Kurds and Shiites. In that part of the world, there's no such liberal idea as forgiveness, mitigation or don't-kill-for-revenge; rather, revenge killing is the norm. Secondly, they are removing a potential rallying point for the Sunnis and Baathists, hoping thus to crush the opposition.
The US Administration of course wants Saddam silenced, and if he was to be allowed to speak during a trial, as a pretend-concession to so-called fair process, did so in a US-controlled environment (an Iraqi court rather than the World Court) to ensure that any embarrassment or indictment of US evil complicity in Saddam's crimes be suppressed, avoided or at worst, mitigated.
I reckon the death sentence will be executed very soon to prevent (1) world questioning of the process, and (2) finish off the inconvenient Saddam with his tell-all Mother-of-all-mouth.