Saturday, December 30, 2006

Well he's dead

Saddam Hussein was executed this morning. And I'm conflicted. No-one would try to argue that he was a thoroughly despicable man - George Galloway excepted, perhaps - but I find it hollow and Bush's whooping and hollering merely exacerbate that. The other charges he was facing will obviously not now be heard, so there's an element of him having escaped justice, a bit like Pinochet in that regard, as well which feels a bit empty.
I would have thought that if I was ever to support the death penalty it would be in a case like this - a man responsible for murder on a massive scale and continued and brutal abuses of basic human rights. But I don't. I can't. And so I won't.

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