While I'll not weep any tears at the news that Saddam Hussein was executed by hanging overnight, but I do regret that this was how he met his end.
Bringing an evil leader to justice? Yes.
Punishing him by his own sorry methods? No. I don't see what good it does? I can only see the harm.
Supporters wanting revenge for his death? A feeling that the Iraqi state is still one where violence rules (and comes first). The coalition “freedom” forces still being so involved militarily and politically in Iraq while the trial and execution took place. Does Saddam’s blood not spill onto our hands?
Was Saddam any kind of risk to remain in prison for the rest of his life? Would it not have sent a stronger message to Iraq and the world that "things were different now" to have incarcerated him, but left the timing of his death to God and not man?
Maybe someone can fill me in on the religious and cultural reasoning and justification for why it's ok. But from my thousands-of-miles-away Western perspective, I'm disappointed that it turned out this way.