Saturday, December 30, 2006

Another big day for freedom and democracy

I wasn't a big fan of Saddam Hussein's or anything. But death by hanging? In the name of what values, exactly? And when, oh when, will international disputes be resolved by presidential sabre duels?

"They said this mystery never shall cease: The priest promotes war, and the soldier peace."
William Blake

2 Comments:

Blogger MGL said...

"Any man's death diminishes me", sez John Donne. I kept thinking last night that the death penalty is the ultimate signal that a government has failed to learn a lesson.

10:09 am  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Well, I'm not opposed to the wartime death penalty as such, but this case is a little different, mostly because of the rushed show trial.

According to Progressive Values, the taunting chant of "Muqtada, Muqtada, Muqtada" by the executioners in the creepy video"... suggests that the execution of Saddam Hussein was carried out by Shiite Militia group members aligned with radical antiAmerica cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

This new evidence strongly suggests that the Saddam execution was rushed through to satisfy this militia group and the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, and that the normal path of justice in the "new" Iraq was deliberately avoided.

Saddam had more trials pending on far more serious charges and also was facing civil charges..."

3:06 pm  

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