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Executing punishment
by Thanos Kalamidas
2007-01-01 10:30:56
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Just hours before the end of the year and waiting from every official to wish us a peaceful and healthy new year, reality came to prove that one thing that will be the same next year is brutality.

How are they going to justify this last action of …justice for 2006? Saddam Hussein never admitted his crimes, feeling an innocent man, a victim of prejudice and manipulated system, until the very last minute. He held a copy of the Qur’an and became a martyr sacrificed in the name of his people. The man was a criminal, the worst kind. He was responsible for genocide and murders he committed with his own hands.

Saddam Hussein is an example next to Hitler and Stalin for how far human ugliness can go. But unlike the other two, humanity had the chance to make him understand his actions. Humanity had the chance to turn him into his worst prosecutor; and what humanity did via the Iraqi justice system was to help him avoid responsibility!

Saddam Hussein was a dictator just like Hitler and in the same way created a clan of followers; clan is the right word since his followers were beyond religion, class, education differences. Just like him they never understood or took responsibility for the crimes they all committed. In their eyes Hussein now has transformed into a martyr and obviously he gave them a cause to continue their existence as a political idea. After all, it is nearly sixty years since Hitler’s death and his followers still exist, in certain areas they get stronger among the youth. Who’s going to stop the same happening in Iraq and the wider area?

Capital punishment never served justice; it always served revenge and whoever feels happy from seeing the photos of Saddam Hussein’s body today is a victim of this revenge. No justice was given in the gallows, so let’s hope that the whole event didn’t point the birth of a martyr and, at the moment, the Middle East has a lot of martyrs and doesn’t need a martyr of Hussein’s quality.

I think the worst of all is that Saddam Hussein went to the gallows for one of his crimes; it may not have been the biggest and now we will never have the chance to find out what happened and how many more he committed. It will be just like Stalin, years going by and keep finding more and more evidence for his crimes and nobody there to answer for them.

I think the best way to close this…chapter is to quote two of the protagonists in the drama, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri Maliki ironically stated that Iraq had to prove respect to the human rights by executing Saddam Hussein. Finally the American President George W. Bush:

“Saddam Hussein's execution comes at the end of a difficult year for the Iraqi people and for our troops. Bringing him to justice will not end the violence in Iraq, but it is an important milestone on Iraq's course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain, and defend itself, and be an ally in the war on terror.”

And they both wished peace for the New Year!

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