Sunday’s question posed to Project: Reader Reaction participants asked for opinions on the capture of Saddam Hussein. Some responses:
“This is wonderful news! Let us pray that the suicide bombings and ambushes will stop now that they don’t have their leader to push them. Iraq should be able to grow now without the threat of retaliation hanging over their heads. Now we need to capture Osama and bring our troops home for Christmas. This would be my Christmas wish, that our men and women overseas could come home for Christmas.” — Ardyth Elms, Clovis
“My thoughts about Saddam (include) pity. No, not for him, but the millions of people tortured, hurt, and left with families ruined. Look at his ugly face after he was dragged from his hole by the brave American military. He is a shame to humanity and deserves to suffer all the pain and agony he caused so many wonderful people. I am confident he will face his just trial, now or later.” — Denver Jones, Clovis
“One down, one to go!” — Jeff Gray, Clovis
“It looks like President Bush’s persistence paid off in keeping up the hunt for Saddam. Now we still have to get bin Laden as he is the one that still fronts the terrorist movements. We should also turn over Saddam to his own countrymen to deal out his punishment.
“This is one feather in President Bush’s hat for re-election purposes, and now if the other feather can be obtained, he is good for re-election and all those others can kiss their chances a fond farewell and worry about running against Mrs. Clinton next go around.” — Gerald Majewski, Clovis
“The capture of Saddam is probably the best Christmas present the world could get. I can only hope and pray that this will eventually lead to the disclosure of the weapons of mass destruction so that they too can be neutralized.
“Saddam’s capture will not only be good for the people of Iraq, but also for the world as a whole. It sends a clear message that terrorism will not be tolerated and terrorists will be brought to justice. I pray now that the justice Saddam receives from both the Iraqi justice system and perhaps later the world courts is swift and appropriate.
“His days of freedom and the threat he imposed to the Iraqi people are finally over. OBL, you are next! God bless our troops and God bless America for taking the lead in this endeavor.” — Bob Baker, Clovis
“(Would have) saved a lot of trouble if they would have pulled the sod over him for good.” — James W. McDonald, Clovis