Friday, December 29, 2006


The news just came through that Saddam Hussein is to be put to death by hanging at 6:00 Saturday morning Iraq time, which is 10:00 tonight here.

Is killing a man really the best form of justice we people can come up with?

Boy, that's more than just a little depressing.


Keera said...

The US is in a glass house on that issue. I also find it depressing that the US incarcerates more of its population than any other nation in the world.

I'm rather sorry that Saddam has been executed, but I'm in no position to tell Iraq what it should have done instead.

Keera said...

PS: After WWII, Norway executed several charged with treason and war crimes, including Quisling. So even a country that bans capital punishment has used it under certain circumstances.

alice said...

I haven't had a chance to read a whole lot today, but I have run across a few interesting commentaries. On uggabugga, Quiddity mocks the kind of idiotic BushThink that got us into the whole mess in the first place as he states simply, "The attacks of 9/11 have now been avenged. Bring the troops home."

Meanwhile, over on, Juan Cole suggests that "through the bumbling of the U.S.-backed regime, justice becomes revenge, and a despot becomes a martyr." It's hard to argue with his thesis, which states: "The trial and execution of Saddam were about revenge, not justice. Instead of promoting national reconciliation, this act of revenge helped Saddam portray himself one last time as a symbol of Sunni Arab resistance, and became one more incitement to sectarian warfare."

Anyone who thinks Saddam's hanging was about justice is nuts.

Keera said...

Is there anything at all about Iraq after March 2003 that isn't nuts?