Seems to me like it just made him a martyr for Sunni militants? Personally I think that, certainly Hussein deserved the death penalty, but in reality he deserved much more. So much more in fact, that instead of being executed it would have been more appropriate to have him locked up in solitary confinement for the remainder of his life in the most squalid conditions possible, just habitable enough to keep him alive. Execution is the easy way out for such a man as Hussein. On closer inspection, execution was just about the best thing that couldve happened to Hussein after having his country invaded, because a leader procures stronger loyalty and passion from his devotees when he's dead than when he's alive and repressed. So besides inflaming sectarian tensions, what did this whole thing achieve? And wasn't this pretty much Bush's whole purpose of going to Iraq? To do what his dad couldn't?