Saddam's death sentence verdict didn't come as a surprise to many. What was surprising was why it was decided a couple of days before the US election. Since the current Iraqi leaders were appointed by Bush and the US (election was just a formality to make it legitimate), the Iraqi Court of course could not be considered independent. How could it be when it was under the Iraqi government and US's scrutiny since the trials began? If Saddam was acquitted, it would have given Bush and his party the final blow to their death at the election arena. Amidst the scandals and people's protest against Bush-US's foreign/war policies, this death sentence of Saddam has given them some hope to give the Democrats a good fight.