Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Wild, Wild West

Kill him, execute him, and cut off his head: all outcries for justice for an evil and brutal dictator, Saddam Hussein. I watch the news coverage of what was often described as the "biggest" news story of the weekend, Saddam’s execution.

At first, I wasn’t particularly interested in following the story. Mostly, I was not interested because I was ashamed that anyone; person or institution would be so interested in reporting and glorifying an execution no matter whom the victim. It reminded me that we have not progressed beyond brute force as a way of settling our differences.


Secondly, I was embarrassed that the United States, Saddam’s creator and benefactor while causing the destruction of Iraq, wants us to believe that its hands are innocent in the sentencing and execution phases of the trail process. How would that be even likely? Especially, since the United States is the architect of the war.

Thirdly, I was horrified that such an action was carried out in the midst of a sacred and holy time for Muslims around the world. I equate this action with the West’s holy observance of Christmas and its sentencing and killing Donald Rumford for war crimes on December 25, Christmas Day. I am pretty sure this would not sit so well with the entire civilized world.



Lastly, I am sadden by the primitive practice of death by execution. It is never right to kill another. Who are we to judge the actions and deeds of anyone? In doing so, we give permission for others to equally judge us. There will come a day when the United States will be judged and our leadership may be found guilty of crimes against humanity.

10 Comments:

At 11:11 AM, Anonymous heavyhanded35 said...

The US will pay for the death and destruction of Iraq. It is no wonder that we are hated so much in the Arab world.

 
At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Walkingtall said...

George Bush finally wins ... at what cost? And, to whom? The people of the US will surely pay for his need to revenge his father's reputation.

 
At 11:17 AM, Anonymous sweetbettymae said...

We were wrong to do this.

 
At 6:25 AM, Anonymous Richard MIlls said...

I was glad to see him hang. He had killed so many Kurds. I hope this will be a lesson to other dictators who threaten the US

 
At 6:37 AM, Anonymous Bobwalker555 said...

He was an evil man who did horrible things to his country men and women. He should pay for his crimes.

 
At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Tom said...

What a lesson...We will get to learn it again.

 
At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Freida said...

Who should judge Saddam? Who should judge the US? Whoever it is will render both guilty of vast violence and destruction of life.

 
At 6:11 AM, Anonymous Conklin said...

We still need to hold our government accountable for their action.

 
At 6:21 AM, Anonymous Kim said...

the Iraqis need to clean up their act... We can't keep helping them.

 
At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Trisha said...

I pray "God help us." I would not want to explain our actions to our children. What an example of barbaric behavior.

 

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