On Death penalty in Iraq
It was reported today that Saddam Hossein, the former Iraqi dictator has lost his appeal against the death penalty that was issued against him. As a person who believes that the death penalty has no justification whatso ever- no matter what is the crime- I do hope that despite his crimes, he would not be hanged. I totally oppose his hanging. I am aware that some Iranians would love to see him hanged for his crimes against Iran during Iraq-Iran war of the 1980s. I have no doubt that he committed crimes against humanity in iran- as in elsewhere, but, still, I can not and will not support his death penalty. Hanging him, would not help any one, it can only make the situation in Iraq a lot worse. First, the people in Iraq deserves to be given a new beginning, a beginning free from " legalised murder"- that is what death penalty is in my view. Second, would Saddam's hanging serve any prupose or solve any problems? I do not think so. It could be argued that it would surely further destabilise an already fragile situation and would turn Iraq into a bloodier blood bath.
My suggestion would be to send him into exile to a remote island and watch him die.