Sunday, November 05, 2006

String theory predicts Saddam's fate

Saddam Hussein, the former charismatic leader of Iraq, has been using various approximations in dealing with his country. For example, he has approximated Iraq by a closed physical system in which he could do anything he wanted.

Unfortunately for him, this approximation broke down in 2003. Once Saddam was extracted from the spider hole, the trial could start. The trial had to be annoying, long, and frustrating. People have proposed many theories about the final verdict.

Some people argued that Saddam would stop commuting to the courthouse and he would escape any punishment: that was the noncommutative theory. Other people argued that the special character of Saddam Hussein was relevant not only during his reign but it is still important today and it could make any threats against this guy relative: that was the theory of doubly special relativity. Another group of people thought that Saddam had some additional, hidden evidence that would change the verdict: they believed in the theory of hidden variables.

However, it should not be terribly surprising that the correct theory about Saddam's future was

Technically, the main evidence supporting string theory was his murder of 148 Shi'ites in 1982. Saddam's string will look like a piece of rope or a rubber band - maybe a rubber band cut in half. The news is welcome by the leaders of U.S., Kuwait, Iran, the Czech Republic. It is criticized by Amnesty International but also the EU presidency and Switzerland.

Note that 148 Shi'ites seem to be enough for the rope. Saddam has also killed 180,000 Kurds. My feelings are mixed: it's always sad when an interesting man has to be executed. On the other hand, Saddam really deserves it. The verdict is a message to all existing Saddam's counterparts: the idea that you can do anything and kill anyone could be flawed.

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