Saddam met his end today, at the end of a length of official Iraqi government rope -- it was a far more merciful fate than he doled out to his victims during his dictatorship.
Estimates for the number of people he murdered range from one million to more than seven million. That doesn't count the one million soldiers killed during his war with Iran.
At the low end, those numbers put him in the same category as Pol Pot, Hitler and Stalin.
The atrocities committed by him and his sons are astonishing, including:
-- The rape of girls as young as 12 as a form of recreation;
-- The torture of children, even infants, to extract information and confessions from their parents;
-- The murder of children as part of military training exercises;
-- Extermination of whole villages of Kurds via gas attacks;
-- Torture methods including rape, beatings, gouging out eyes, lopping off hands and feet, electical shocks to the genitals, burning, and cutting;
-- Execution methods ranging from firearms and hangings to stuffing people into shredding machines or tossing them into vats of acid.
For a fuller accounting of his barbarities, you can go review this British report.