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The rise and fall of Saddam Hussein

December 30, 2006
When news of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's execution filtered in on Saturday morning, it was greeted with widely mixed reactions across the world, just as his capture and subsequent death sentence had been.

Given his ruthless actions and legacy of violence, history cannot be kind to Saddam Hussein. But what the international community is trying to come to terms with, as another year ends, is whether or not his execution will spell the end of violence in Iraq, or the start of a fresh, possibly more decimating, cycle.

His execution now summons up both memories of the dictator he was, and the looming questions that tear Iraq apart each day.

Will Saddam Hussein be more troublesome for the US in death, than he was in life, is a question several international leaders and analysts are asking.

Image: In this composite image, the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is seen in court during his trial, in the fortified 'green zone' in Baghdad.

Photograph: Pool/Getty Images
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