UPDATE: A news media dilemma.
And more comparative coverage here.
What does it mean? Not as much as it would have a couple of years ago — the Saddam era is over in Iraq anyway. But this will certainly put an end to fantasies — entertained by some Baathist holdouts and even by some American war critics — of Saddam returning to power. As long as he remained alive, he remained a risk via further scheming on his part and that of his followers. It also indicates that despite all the noisemaking and theater, nothing he did made any difference in the end.