SPA COMMENTARY ON SADDAM'S EXECUTION

السبت 1427/12/9 هـ الموافق 2006/12/30 م واس
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RIYADH, DEC 30, SPA-- SAUDI, ARAB, AND ISLAMIC CIRCLES HAVE WATCHED WITH CONCERN THE NEWS OF THE EXECUTION OF FORMER IRAQI PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN ON THE MORNING OF THE FIRST DAY OF THE OF THE HOLY DAYS OF BLESSED EID AL-ADHA, AND HAVE FOLLOWED UP THE REACTIONS AFTER THE EXECUTION WHICH OSCILLATED BETWEEN SUPPORT, DENUNCIATION, RESERVATION, AND DETRACTION, A POLITICAL ANALYST AT SAUDI PRESS AGENCY (SPA) COMMENTED TODAY.
THE COMMENTARY SAID THAT PRIOR TO THE EXECUTION, THE TRIAL OF FORMER PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS, FOR THESE CIRCLES, AN ISSUE OF REJECTION AND PURSUIT, ALONG WITH WHAT THE TRIAL PASSED THROUGH OF CHANGING JUDGES, OCCUPATION STATUS UNDER WHICH THE TRIAL WAS TAKING PLACE, AND WHAT ACCOMPANIED IT OF INCREASE IN SECTARIAN AND EXTREMIST VIOLENCE AND POLITICAL CONFLICTS AT THE IRAQI ARENA.
MANY OF THOSE CONCERNED AND FOLLOWING THE EVENT EXPECTED THE TRIAL OF A FORMER PRESIDENT, WHO RULED IRAQ FOR DECADES, TO TAKE A LONGER TIME, EXTENSIVELY DETAILED LITIGATION, AND STRONG AND FINE LEGAL PROCEDURES SECURE AGAINST ANY POLITICIZATION.
A SENSE OF BEWILDERMENT AND DISAPPROBATION PREVAILED AS THE EXECUTION OF THE SENTENCE COINCIDES WITH THE HONORIFIC MONTHS OF BLOOD INTERDICTION AND WITH THE FIRST OF THE HOLY DAYS OF THE BLESSED EID ALADHA WHICH EMBODIES THE UNITY AND CONVERGENCE OF MUSLIMS. ON THIS DAY MILLIONS OF PILGRIMS MEET AT MOUNT ARAFAT SEEKING UNITY RATHER THAN A REMINDER OF DISPERSION. AND MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS EXPECT THAT ALL THE WORLD, NOT ONLY POLITICAL LEADERSHIPS IN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES, WOULD LOOK RESPECTFULLY AT THIS GREAT OCCASION, ITS DIGNITY AND POSITION IN THE HEARTS AND CONSCIENCE OF MUSLIMS, RATHER THAN DISREGARD IT.
--SPA