Nine days after Saddam Hussein was put to the death in a grisly, publicized video sequence that outraged the world, Britain’s prime minister has finally conveyed his complete denunciation of it.
Blair’s condemnation – delivered by his official spokesman and not by the great leader himself – came after he was roundly criticised for staying silent on the way Saddam was taunted and degraded before being hanged.
Blair’s official spokesman said on Sunday that the execution was “completely wrong”. He added that the hanging, which mobile phone footage showed was preceded by Saddam being taunted, “shouldn’t have happened in that way”.
Blair’s condemnation, even if at second hand, came just hours after his chief political rival and anticipated successor as prime minister, Gordon Brown, said the events around Saddam’s hanging were “deplorable” and “unacceptable”. Blair has promised he will speak next week – in person – about the grisly events in Baghdad on December 30.