Friday, January 05, 2007

Saddam's Death

Whilst I am not a big fan of the death penalty, considering Saddam ordered the indiscriminate deaths of thousands of innocent people I did not loose much sleep worrying about it. I did find the way he was executed distasteful and detracted from the seriousness of the crime and the sentence. It was an indignity for the rule of law.

1 comment:

GaffaUK said...

I agree. There must be many people who have been executed around the world, especially by oppressive regimes, who deserve more press. I'm not sure if the issue of death penalty really comes into it. Saddam doesn't deserve any sympathy in my opinion.

The biggest issue I have is with the disasterous war we and the US embarked on in the first place. This is cowboy justice and I don't think Dubya is going to get another posse together and string anymore bad guys unless it is in the significant economic and military interest of the US Neo-Cons.

Therefore the leaders of China, despite it's occupation of Tibet and appalling human right abuses, should rest easy because of the West heavily relies on it's trade and obviously because China does actually have WMDS. I'm also guessing that countries like Sudan and Zimbabwe don't have enough resources for us to exploit and not worth the effort to 'liberate' against their record of human rights abuses and genocide.

However Iran is developing WMDs and has human right abuses (and has plenty of oil) so maybe Duyba will be tempted to serve more international 'justice'. Hopefully after Afghanistan and Iraq he will be more cautious especially now the Republicans are no longer in control in the Senate and Congress.