Sat, 30 December 2006
Let me first say that I was never a fan of Saddam Hussein. I thought what he did to his own people was unconscionable and he deserved to be punished for gassing the Kurds.
Let me also say that the timing of his hanging--during the morning call to prayer for Iraq's Muslims--has to have some significance that may turn out to be a serious cultural misstep on our part.
With that, the news of his hanging does not bring me any satisfaction whatsoever. Captial punishment has never been a successful deterrent against further crime, and given the volatile nature of the insurgency in Iraq, it is a safe bet that the violence may well escalate. (One of the few times I have agreed with President Bush, incidentally).
Let me also say that I have never been more ashamed of President Bush than I am at this point--and keep in mind he's done a lot of shameful things over the last six years. He displayed a complete lack of conscience by actually sleeping while the execution was going on. SLEEPING?????!
When asked why Bush slept through what he described as a "milestone," White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said Bush "knew it was going to happen." He was not awakened to be told it was happening or would have happened. How callous can one get? Enemy or not, a HUMAN BEING was put to death today. Doesn't that count for something?
I can honestly say that I am not holding my head up and waving the American flag today.
Category:general -- posted at: 12:48pm EDT
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