What better way to welcome the new year than to celebrate... death? Saddam Hussein was executed. You can watch the grainy and poor-quality video over at Catholicgauze, here. There are some questions about the execution's legality. You can read Glenn Greenwald's post here. Whether or not the execution was actually legal is almost secondary though - perception is reality. In a society governed by the rule of law, ends should not dictate means, and from watching the video of Saddam's execution that is definitely the perception.