I was also a little annoyed with the constant "run with the big dogs" mantra and then noting that Boisie State didn't have to run trick plays to win. Well, they did at the end. Trick play after trick play. But they won. Fair and square.
In other news, I decided to turn on comment moderation. It is really aimed at the troll, so please, please keep them coming. Perhaps he will go away. I am tired of it, and I know from my emails and conversations that others are tired of it too. Time to move on. I don't really want to censor things and won't based on content. But enough.
While this is not moving on exactly, one more on the Saddam debacle. Baghdad Burning calls it a lynching, as I noted in the comments. I don't know about that, especially given the historical nature of lynching in this country. But it sure looks like a calculated and choreographed event, calculated to incite sectarian problems, rather than to defuse them. She also notes that Maliki chose to have the election during a religious holiday.
Josh Marshall has been pretty good on this one. I will end this post with his thoughts on the entire event.
Plenty of people deserve to die. And Saddam Hussein ranked very high on that list. And there was more than a little poetic justice in the way Saddam met his end.
But if justice were simply a matter of bad men meeting bad ends, then Iraq today would be awash in justice.
Vengeance isn't justice. Vengeance is part of justice. But only a part. I understand the need for vengeance. I appreciate and I've felt it -- for wrongs to myself, to my loved ones, probably most of all to groups I identify myself with. But I've always thought there was something cowardly and insecure about people who get too vicariously involved in other people's righteous desire for vengeance. And that is how I would class a lot of the folks I see today getting all jonesed up about Saddam's hanging when they probably didn't even know the first thing about the guy's record until a few years ago. Perhaps it is excessive to note that a lot of the same folks now endorse flattening the same people Saddam was butchering fifteen or twenty-five years ago.