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Humanity on the lynch
by Thanos Kalamidas
2007-01-04 08:03:09
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I’m not going to say anything more about the act itself. I have said enough over the last few days, including my first article for the new year, but just to reiterate once more: I’m angry. Really angry!

During the past two days I have received a number of mails from people I know and people I don’t know that contains either a link to the video of Saddam Hussein’s hanging or the video itself. I didn’t watch it! I would never watch something that embarrasses me as human being. And capital punishment does embarrass me; it doesn’t matter how guilty is the criminal.

As a principal I’m against capital punishment in the same way I am against the Sharia laws because I find them brutal, barbaric and against every fibre of human logic. Capital punishment is the revenge of the mob and I like to think that we are not a mob anymore but a democratic thinking public. I feel embarrassed that in some American states there is still capital punishment and often I prefer not to think about it. But what happened over the last few days moved it to a new dimension.

Who told you that I would enjoy watching a man, doesn’t matter his crimes, to be punished in that way? This is cannibalism, if you haven’t understood what you doing. Exercising capital punishment, the Iraqi government committed a crime equal to any murderer and I feel that they should be punished for that. What was suspicion till now they made it true; they were in a hurry to kill Saddam Hussein because they could cover up their own dirt and guilt. In doing so, they created a martyr and more guilt.

I’m not defending Saddam Hussein. I’m defending my right to live in a civilized society with sense of justice. The practice of capital punishment shows an angry mob looking for revenge or a dirty regime covering up for the ‘biggest plan’, yet what is this biggest plan? The trichotomy of Iraq? The establishment of a new regime? The balance between the local powers? Whatever it was they failed because they proved to be a brutal and barbaric regime.

What about all the people who watched the video? Do they feel satisfied? Were they happy watching somebody’s final moments on the gallows? The video clip has become one of the most popular on YouTube, the site that broadcasts video clips on the Internet, which begs the question: Why can’t all these people see that this was cannibalism?

Too many questions? Well I have one more for you. After seeing Survivors and Idols, are we going to see Capital Punishment TV? It seems that’s how far the world is going. And since we are the media, I have some questions for them as well. Most kids go to bed around nine o’clock in the evening, just when the main news on television begins. For two consecutive nights, all these kids have seen is a man preparing to be hanged!

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