Capital Punishment and Birthday Abolishment

So, Saddam is dead. Its kind of weird having possibly the most notorious person of my lifetime be brought to justice and subsequently punished. Capitally. Its a bit surreal.

That said, I didn't really come here to wax about the hanging of Saddam Hussein, but to supply this quote from an article on CNN's webpage:
Two other co-defendants -- Barzan Hassan, Hussein's half-brother, and Awwad Bandar, the former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court -- were also found guilty and had been expected to face execution with Hussein, but Rubaie said their executions were postponed.

"We chose to postpone Barzan and Awwad's execution to a later date because we wanted to have this day to have an historic distinction," he said. "We wanted to have one specific date for Saddam so people remember this date to be linked to Saddam's execution and nothing else."

What a wonderful thing to say (the italics are mine). Especially meaningful for someone whose birthday is today. Thanks for your thoughts there, Rubaie. I appreciate it. I guess all subsequent birthday celebrations are to cease. This day is about Saddam's death. The anniversary of my birth means nothing. Nothing.

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