(US Department of Defense)
Well I wasn't surprised, but rather saddened, if only because of what he had done and the fact he didn't seem to be sorry in his last moments (am also very bothered by the fact that his last minutes before hanging were filmed). Plus the fact that it is a perverse compliment to give him the death penalty. That will only make Saddam a martyr to anti-western feeling in Iraq and doesn't really solve anything. Lifelong imprisonment in a high security jail would have been better.
But it is done now and at least there was some sort of judicial process. It goes to show that sometimes what goes around comes around, Ellee Seymour has mentioned about his rather hypocritical recent letter from prison, where he stated that:
“To the great nation, to the people of our country, and humanity: Many of you have known the writer of this letter to be faithful, honest, caring for others, wise, of sound judgement, just, decisive, careful with the wealth of the people and the state… and that his heart is big enough to embrace all without discrimination. "
Although anyone who has seen one particular video, mentioned here, will find his statements difficult to reconcile with what one saw. Seeing Hussein laughing and puffing away at a cigar whilst his opponents were led away to be put on trial (and likely tortured) before being executed was chilling to watch.