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Friday, 3 April 2009

Capital Punishment (Social)

I would like to put a post about the execution of Saddam Hussein. He was given capital punishment aka DEATH PENALTY.

World reaction to the
execution of Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein, the former dictator of Iraq, was executed by hanging just before 6 AM local time on Saturday DEC-30 (10 PM Friday ET) . He had been responsible for the torture and deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens. --- According to what the website says.

At his first trial, he was found guilty of ordering the mass execution of 148 men and boys in the Kurdish village of Dujail located about 40 miles north of Baghdad in 1982. This was in response to an attack of his convoy by a small group of Kurds. It appears that this atrocity was chosen as the initial trial because of "the availability of documents and witnesses willing to testify."

He has been also charged with other crimes:
1. The genocide which exterminated thousands of Kurds during a poison gas attack on the Kurdish village of Halabja in 1988.
2. The invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
3. The suppression of a Shia uprising in the south of Iraq during 1991.
These incidents were to be considered during a second trial. However, that trial will never take place.--- DUH, HE'S DEAD!

The execution was held on the morning of Eid-Ul-Adha (a.k.a. Eid al Azha, the Feast of Sacrifice, or the Day of Sacrifice). This is a world-wide celebration that is observed after the Hajj -- the annual pilgrimage by Muslims to Makkah (Mecca) in Saudi Arabia. Eid Ul Adha commemorates the patriarch Abraham's willingness to conduct a ritual human sacrifice of his son Ishmael in response to an instruction from God. The execution was a violation of Iraqi law which prohibits the death penalty being implemented on a religious holy day.Executing him during the Feast of Sacrifice in Iraq is analogous to implementing an execution order on Christmas in a predominately Christian country.

World reaction to the execution:
1. President Bush said that the execution was "a milestone on the road to Iraqi democracy."
2. It appears that as of 2007-JAN-06, no Canadian politician has commented on the execution. --- I don't know why.
3. Tarek Fatah of the Muslim Canadian Congress wrote: "... the execution of the Iraqi dictator has turned a murdering monster into a martyr of mythical proportions for the Arab people."

THE QUESTION IS DO YOU THINK IT WAS FAIR FOR HIM TO BE GIVEN THE DEATH PENALTY? AND WAS IT FAIR FOR HIM TO DIE ON EIDUL-ADHA?

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