Monday, November 06, 2006
Saddam Should be Executed by Iraq
However when principles collide one side has to give way, especially when pragmatism weighs in as well. I think that in the final analysis we should allow Saddam to be hanged. Why do I, after essaying this moral minefield, (very) reluctantly line up with The Sun and the Daily Telegraph?
1. We have to recognise that the death penalty is accepted as justice in Iraq and that to allow them to mete out their own justice we have to allow them to impose the penalties they think best. Otherwise the notion that they have their own sovereign government is rendered absurd. The Iraqis who suffered under Saddam will not be satisfied with anything less than his death as 'justice'.
2. As long as Saddam remains alive there will be a hope among his supporters that he will one day arise to lead them once again. My friend who was once an officer in the British army always maintained he should have been deliberately shot as soon as he was discovered for this very reason.
3. Iraq has to draw a line under the Saddam era and try to establish a new future. The best way to do that is for its author to be taken out of the situation completely.
Iraq has been a tragedy for at least the past two decades. It is not conceivable, given present circumstances, that it can emerge from its purgatory without at least this additional deadly consequence. Politics is often about taking the path of the least evil. In these conditions, I fear, executing Saddam is the least bad thing to do.
You're suggesting that we need "to recognise that the death penalty is accepted as justice in Iraq" but would you extend the same recognition to the various US states that practice it? It sounds dangerously like moral relativism to me and as soon as you allow that sort of reasoning you find yourself aligned with the Rumsfelds of this world who can find a utilitarian argument to justify everything from Guantanamo bay to Abu-Grahb.
It's academic I suppose since there's little we can do and the execution will most probably go ahead but I can't understand why can' politely express our disappointment and distaste over it?
Come to think of it, the establishment of the death penalty there may be one of Bush's few successes in Iraq, along with establishing a huge market for USA arms sales.
The notion that Saddam's death will somehow draw a line and allow Iraqis to move on is moron-think.
The same moron-think that produced the notion that by effecting "regime change", the USA would be greeted as heroes in Iraq and peace, stability, prosperity and democracy would swiftly follow.
Saddam has become an irrelevance in Iraq.
What happened to the threatened uproar over his death sentence?
Where were the huge celebrations?
The celebrations? You need to look closer. I saw and enjoyed them.
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