Friday, December 29, 2006

Saddam Hussein and his forthcoming execution

With the death sentence on Saddam Hussein likely to take place in the next 24 hours, I for one will not be mourning his demise or his passing.

Today, we've had the usual suspects bleating at the unfairness of his trial and that it was a farce from start to finish. Well it may not have not been up to the standards of a British trial, but it was significantly fairer then the treatment recieved by many of his victims who were summarily killed and tortured with any recourse to justice.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the war and huge mistakes have been made, it cannot be disputed that Saddam Hussein was a mass-murderer who killed thousands of people during his reign of terror in Iraq. A few years ago, I met a Kurd who detailed to me what acts his regime had committed against her family and the terrible suffering they had received from Saddam's henchmen. This visibly moved me, and it is one of the reasons that I have no sympathy for the his plight or suffering.

I'm not in favour of capital punishment and would have preferred him to be locked up for life, but his fate has been sealed and I only hope that it brings to a close a terrible chapter in Iraq's history.

The current situation in Iraq is difficult, but at least it is not in the hands of a mass-murderer. I just hope that 2007 is a better year in Iraq then 2006 and that we can get some stability into that troubled divided country. Despite what has happened, Iraq is a better place without Saddam.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Saddam is a mass-murderer. But -
(a)He did that exactly when we, in the West, boosted him up (against Iran) AND RUMSFELD SUPPLIED HIM WITH THE CHEMICALS HE GASSED THE KURDS WITH! And after we imposed the no-fly zones, even President Clinton said in our own Labour Party Conference that Saddam was effectively contained. And so did Mandela say too. But your "Labour" friend Tony then seemed to ignore Clinton's or Mandela's wise advice and find his new-found love for a "compassionate conservative" in Bush!
(b) He was a secular & modernising force - promoted women to highest civil service & scientific ranks, whereas the autocratic Saudis we support are equally ruthless, and yet anti-women, feudal, and THE MAIN COUNTRY TO PROP-UP, FINANCE, & OFFICIALLY RECOGNISE THE TALIBAN GOVT IN AFGHANISTAN, mind you!
Lastly, if you happen to know even a Kurd who's currently living in Iraq outside Kurdistan, he/she will definitely tell you that life is NOT-NOT-NOT better now than under Saddam's! Get real, please!

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