What about the other guilty men?
While most Western media outlets hailed Saddam Hussein's execution as a victory for democracy in Iraq, the mood among Middle East editorialists was one of foreboding.
The trial [of Saddam Hussein] was a travesty of justice, and with every passing day the Arab world was more convinced that Western powers had one system of justice for themselves and another for Arabs. There are very few in the Arab world who believe that the Iraqis had very much control over the proceedings - generally speaking, occupied nations don't. Daily Star Egypt
What about the other guilty men? Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians are dead - and thousands of Western troops are dead - because Messrs Bush and Blair... went to war in 2003 on a potage of lies and mendacity and, given the weapons we used, with great brutality. Robert Fisk, writing in Lebanon's Ya Libnan
It's interesting that while Europe rejects the death penalty in principle, it broadly supported Iraq's right to dispense "justice" according to its own laws. Yet many of those countries are not so gracious when it comes to Libyan law vis-à-vis the death sentence hanging over foreign medics, and British officials went through hell and high water to persuade Pakistan not to execute a British Pakistani for allegedly killing a taxi driver. Gulf News, United Arab Emirates
The [Iraqi] government has squandered yet another opportunity for healing some of the nation's many wounds. Saddam is no more, but the land his existence made dangerous is rife with a murderous madness that has a life of its own. What is more, it is home to a new insanity that is making Saddam's pale in comparison. Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates
It was assumed that Iraqis' distaste for Saddam would somehow make occupation acceptable. It has, of course... proven unacceptable. Today, a country is occupied and its sovereignty violated. The UN's legal and moral authority has been undermined. Iraq's cultural heritage is in tatters, its natural resources squandered, its infrastructure destroyed. Gulf Times, Qatar
Few new years have dawned on the Middle East with more foreboding. Iraq is in chaos. Lebanon stares once more at the ogre of civil conflict. Palestinians have reached a new pitch of despair and humiliation. Iran seems set on becoming the second regional nuclear power, while Israel, the first, remains as obdurate and aggressive as ever. But U.S. President Bush is even now working on a new plan for the Middle East, to be announced within the coming days. Should we all be holding our breath? Almost certainly not. Arab News, Saudi Arabia
Growing Iranian influence in Iraq has triggered a much more dangerous response: the prospect of Saudi intervention. The "Iraq Conference" held in Istanbul on December 13-14 became the scene of calls for a "struggle against the Shiites," and it dragged Turkey closer to the powder keg. Turkish Daily News, Turkey
We can now hope that Saddam's followers will give up any dreams they might have had of being restored to power, and that this will aid efforts to improve security in Iraq. This hope, however, is a slim one. On Friday, the Iraqi government decided to expel two senior Iranian operatives. According to the Washington Post, one, identified by officials simply as Chizari, was the third-highest-ranking official of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Al-Quds Brigade, the unit most active in aiding, arming and training groups outside Iran. Jerusalem Post
Saddam was not the demon to Arab public opinion that he had become in the West. The ousted Iraqi president had successfully projected himself among ordinary Arabs as the one leader in the region who confronted external threats on behalf of the Arabs. Kuwait Times