He was dead the moment he was caught by the Americans. The trials were just a formality and Friday’s execution was his official death. Nothing will really change in Iraq since he was no longer relevant once he was captured by the Americans and the ongoing problems will continue. In a sense this will be a minor footnote in Iraq that will be overshadowed by the ongoing problems in Iraq and the regional violence that will remind people that it’s “Business as usual”.
US customs are still run and staffed by assholes, and Mexicans will continue to cross the borders in hope of a better future. James Brown died on Christmas, Gerald Ford died on Boxing Day and Saddam died on the 30th of December. What a week.