UVa Professor Discusses Saddam's Execution

By: Heart Hettinger
By: Heart Hettinger

December 30, 2006

A professor of Islamic and Persian Studies at Uva, believes this is not the right time to execute Saddam Hussein. These next few days are a holy time for Muslims. The Hajj pilgrimage started Thursday and it's a period of forgiveness, sacrifice and celebration.

According to Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina, "when you are in the state of pilgrimage.. You can't kill anything"

All Muslims hope to make the Hajj pilgrimage at least once in their lives to show their devotion to the Prophet Mohammed. And it just so happened, that Saddam Hussein's execution, took place just before Eid, the day of sacrifice.

"God tested Abraham, by asking him to sacrifice his son for him," said Professor Sachedina, "There could have been a better time to choose."

According to Professor Sachedina, there would be a backlash of attacks, no matter when Iraqi officials executed Saddam. "I think there'll be mixed reaction, those who are diehard supporters will be even more enraged. And the insurgents especially are supporters of his, and they will take even more revenge. But in the long run, the better it is because he lingers on the history as the one who can inspire while still alive a lot of insurgency and a lot of killing in the country."

Professor Sachedina said if Saddam's execution was made public, the former Iraqi dictator would have been idolized as a martyr, but his death, done privately during Hajj, still stands out. "I think it leaves a very I think violent image for that day you know."

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