I followed, along with the entire world, the events of the execution of Saddam Hussein with great surprise, shock and feeling of confusion. I don't know if the reason behind such feeling is the timing of the execution on the morning of Eid al Adha, the holly Muslim holiday. Instead of receiving greetings and blessings, we woke up to this horrific scene.
I must say that no reasonable human being could deny the crimes committed by that man against his own people and neighboring countries. But that is not the issue here.
Perhaps most people consider the end of Saddam as just. But what I would like to raise is did it do justice?
Let me give an example: Let's say someone causes a car accident and the law stipulates to inform the authorities of the accident and follow the legal procedures. Now what if the person at fault agreed to compensate the other party without going back to the authorities or following the law in due course? Would such behavior be just? Perhaps, but it sure did not do justice.
What does justice is following the law -in script and spirit. This is what was lacking in the trial and subsequent execution. And on the day of Eid the sacrifice took a different shape.. it was justice and national unity in a country that is in desperate need for both.