Last night the 7.30 report ran an interview with John Burns, chief Iraq correspondent for the New York Times, about the impact of the Hussein execution. If this is what the coalition of the willing thinks is acceptable behaviour by the new "democratic" government of Iraq, their collective stance on defending human rights and the rule of law has sunk lower than even I had imagined.
The execution will haunt the authorities responsible in many ways yet to be revealed. The state sanctioned killing of this condemned tyrant will transform him into a martyr in the eyes of many in the Islamic world. It appeared as "winners" exacting a cruel and public revenge, rather than the application of due process.
This disgusting episode does not bode well for the immediate future of Iraq and reflects poorly on the world leaders who sanctioned the invasion and occupation.
The images of the hanging that have caused the uproar can be found by following this link.