As has been documented in recent media reports, the Iraqi government treated the hanging of former dictator Saddam Hussein as a lynching. This naturally leads me to wonder, how else this administration can screw up. The US could have done the right thing by following the procedures put into effect by The Hague, it could have forced the Iraqi government to provide a fair trial for Saddam and it could have overseen the timely execution of Hussein.
Instead, we have added more fuel to the fire. The Shi'ites treated this occasion to humiliate the dictator- thus inflaming Sunnis. As Juan Cole writes, the Sunnis have reacted by openly insulting the Shi'ites in heretofore unseen ways.
We are ruled by infants.