Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Hussein's death sentence upheld

Iraq's Appeals Court has upheld the death sentence against Saddam Hussein and he is to be hanged within 30 days.

I've blogged about why he should not be put to death before and direct you here should you wish to read it again. However, in an effort to avoid too much self-reference I'll redirect you to Christopher Hitchens who put it best.

The time and place of the execution is to be kept secret and the world will only learn of Hussein's demise after the noose has been tightened. Nonetheless I wouldn't bet against pictures and testimonies emerging. Perhaps after this case has been concluded the Iraqi government might consider how best to hand down the death sentence in future, if at all. Afterall, what purpose does the hanging of a human being serve other than to amuse the baying mob? There will be no audience to cheer and howl as Hussein's legs spasm and sprint and convulse. A simple injection or bullet at close quarters would best satisfy the real intention of his eradication, that of disposal. Hanging is an old time punishment for an old time arena. Let Hussein's death mark the death of the gallows in a new Iraq.


At 3:34 pm , Anonymous a. nonymous said...

So, he's gone then. Can't say i personally agree with the punishment, but i suppose that's the law over there, and the Iraqis have to be seen to be sticking to it. Perhaps this might signify/symbolise a change in the law over there - book-end it, if you will - and lead the law makers to say "right, we've killed Saddam, now we'll change for a more peaceful Iraq."

We can but hope.


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