Reading the news items about Saddam’s statement that he will be sentenced to death but never executed as the U.S. will ultimately reinstate him (cite) renewed my wondering “What will happen to Saddam?” While I really don’t believe he’ll “get his old job back” (though I’m sure that as was the case with Nazi civilian officials after WW2 many of his cronies will as they already know how to run the power plants and streetcars and new folks don’t) I can’t see how he could be executed or how he could be left alive.
If executed, regardless of the technicalities of who’s on the tribunal and who passes the decision, etc., the entire world will say “The U.S. beheaded a leader it didn’t like” and though the greatest hatred of Saddam came from the Islamic world he’ll be, like Lincoln and Kennedy, far more popular dead than he ever was alive. OTOH, if he’s left alive and in a cell somewhere he’ll always be dangerous as a totem for his former regime to rally around. (If I were a corrupt unprincipled agent I think I might see if I might “pray” for him to have a fatal heart attack in his cell before he’s ever sentenced.)
What do you think will become of him?