Residents hold posters of Iraq's former President Saddam Hussein during a protest condemning his execution in the Sunni district of Adhamiya in Baghdad January 1, 2007. REUTERS/STR
The following anguished letter has just arrived from an Iraqi refugee who we met during our trip to Jordan and Syria last summer. I have edited for spelling, punctuation, and made small clarifications to her uncertain English, but I hope I have not altered the flavor of her communication. Her text came to me in red letters -- it seems right to reproduce it here in the same color.
Obviously there were many Iraqis who felt quite differently about Saddam Hussein's execution. But there were certainly enough who felt like this that his death will simply to bring more deaths, not peace.
UPDATE, January 2: Anyone who doubted that the thuggish execution would lead to more carnage, read Juan Cole.