Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The case against hanging Saddam

Chritopher Hitchens puts forward a convincing case for not putting Saddam Hussein to death, in today's Slate magazine.

Hitchens makes reference to
Jalal Talabani, the elected Iraqi president, who is opposed on principle to capital punishment. Talabani is a Kurd and knows more than most what news of Saddam's death sentence would have meant to his people. However, it is time for the culture of violence to come to an end. There is of course an irony in this decision which will please some: Hussein has been tried under the same Iraqi law which existed while he was dictator and has been sentenced accordingly. Might it be more injurous to the man to be forced to watch from his jail cell as a new Iraq is born.


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