Dear Saddam: The One Year Anniversary of The Execution of Saddam Hussein…


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Date: December 30th, 2007

Today is the one year anniversary of the execution of Saddam Hussein. Anyone who knows me personally, or at least has been following my writings for years, knows just why this is a personal issue for me.

Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait on August 2nd, 1990, put into motion a series of events which would ultimately change the course of my life, forever. Millions of people have been effected by the actions of this person. I am one of those people. Even though he had no direct authority over “me”, I ended up being one of the countless, nameless pawns on the chessboard of his ambitions.

I have a very strong mixture of emotions about Saddam, what he did, how he lived…his execution…

…what I have had to live with, ever since the 1991 gulf war…

I should hate him, and be happy he and his cohorts are dead…and being scheduled to die…

…but, I never encouraged, or actually wanted, death for him…or anyone.

When it happened, and it was making the world news…I was merely content that Saddam was no longer able to commit monstrosities against others…

…In fact, I was actually disgusted at the way the actual execution was carried out, and consider it not only incompetent, but a prime example of gross, human indecency. What were those people thinking?…The filming?…The taunting?…People lacking the sophistication of foresight, to understand that this kind of behavior was just throwing gasoline onto the fire? Why were they even allowed to be involved, if they were going to behave like that?…That could have been the catalyst which caused a bloody backlash…and, no doubt, it has garnered more support for Saddam…The reconstructionists, and those who benefited under him, will remember him all the more fondly, and praise him as a heroic icon, because of this. That execution could have easily been a disaster.

I am against the death penalty, though…and I think that having Saddam and his men in prison for life, would have probably been sufficient.

For me, Saddam’s death remains a sad reminder of human failures…and all the terrible things which can come of them, when they occur on a grand scale…so, so many people get hurt…so many get killed.

It is a cold, bottomless pit…the place where I filed Saddam’s execution…This immense void sustained will never be filled by one million executions of Saddam, over and over and over…

…A dead Saddam wont do anything to help carry the heavy burdens, caused by his own doings.

I don’t know what else to say about it…but, I thought this was the most proper time to re-post something I wrote, within hours of Saddam’s execution…

…That piece follows…


December 30th, 2006

Dear Saddam,

I don’t wish to pretend, that you are presently anything more than a cold, human corpse…or, that you have anything resembling a consciousness left in you…Therefore, this letter is not for you, but for the living, instead…and maybe for myself, too.

You have been, one of the single most influential human beings to have lived in our time…or, to have lived ever, honestly…

With your atrocities, I believe it is safe to presume, you are in a very small minority.

Most of us human beings, would never even dream…not in our worst nightmares…about doing even a small fraction, of what you have done.

You have wiped out generations…You have tortured and murdered…You have abusively imprisoned…You have done all those things, which are synonymous, with the very worst of the human being.

One has to question, whether or not you even have been a human being, and when you chose to cease being one.

Your impact has been far and wide.

Your actions, caused chain reactions…which reached into the lives, of many people, who’d never even heard your name previously.

This, ultimately, led many unwitting individuals, into a bewildering odyssey, which would alter the course of entire lives.

…but, as all dictators and tyrants go…”you are the elite, and the rest of us are just your play things…here to meet your needs”.

As young as I was, the last thing I wanted was to die because of your stupid decisions…because of your war.

…but, that’s just what people like you do…isn’t it?…

…make damn sure, you are the biggest catalyst of human death, misery and suffering, imaginable…

Thank you Saddam…you taught me a valuable lesson…

…and there is not a day, in which I do not wake up carrying this burden…I expect to die with it.

For that matter, I expected to die because of it, years ago.

I had a bright future, before the war.

…After the war…after your war…I desperately needed release, and I waited to die…considering often, if it should be at my own hands…nature was not fast enough…it forced me to linger in a living nightmare.

My life spiraled out of control, and crashed into devastation…because of you…

I experienced the humiliation, of being called crazy…of being told it’s all in my mind…of having my manhood and courage questioned…of accusations that my claims are willful fraud…of living for well over a decade, with an illness brought back from your war, before being taken seriously…

I must thank you profoundly…You’ve taught me tremendously, about the human species…Things I wish I’d never needed to know…deep dark things about myself, even…but, it’s been quite the education.

I know what it means, to experience a living death…all thanks to you.

I know what it is like, to have a damaged future…all thanks to you.

I know by this point in time, things will never go back to normal…I am sentenced to live like this, til I am dead…all thanks to you.

…and so, Saddam…If there is but one piece of this story, which gives me great satisfaction, it is this…

At one point in time, I never expected to see this day…

…but right now, as of only hours ago…you are a dead, cold corpse…while I am still standing, breathing, communicating…living…

I HAVE OUT LIVED YOU!

This lowly nobody, which is me…one of the living dead you have created…towers over you, in the end.

I do not support the death penalty, but I am very comfortable with your execution…I am glad to see this day…and feel entirely vindicated in saying so much.

May worms quickly turn your remains to dung…It is tragic they could not have done so, before you had the chance to end and destroy so many countless lives.

Most sincerely,
Steve Diamond

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