It might surprise many readers to know that Murdoc isn’t a terribly big fan of capital punishment for criminals. I’m not, though I don’t have any trouble with life sentences with no possibility for parole. In my humble opinion, “punishment” isn’t going to do anything for the folks who have committed the sorts of crimes where the death penalty might come into play, and “revenge” on a personal level isn’t usually terribly constructive.
That being said, I don’t see any way that Iraq can move too much farther forward with Saddam Hussein still alive. And while I might have rather seen him killed on the field of battle or taken out in an air strike like Zarqawi, the trial, sentencing, and execution of Hussein by the new Iraqi government is very important to their future.
There is a lot of house cleaning that remains to be done in Iraq, and Saddam is one of the items on the checklist that needs to be resolved. Expect even more violence, particularly from Sunni insurgents and terrorists, during the appeals process and leading up the hanging.
Between the civil war, rampant corruption and criminal violence, foreign armies, and uncertain future, this is a good day for Iraq.
UPDATE: Here’s a big round-up at Gateway Pundit.
Via Instapundit, who says :
Hmm. Turned on the TV. Fox was covering Saddam, but CNN was running an election-themed piece on stem cell research, and MSNBC was reporting on the hot prospects for the Harold Ford campaign. You’d think this would deserve more attention than that . . . .
Oh, wait, they just teased a coming story with “Will Saddam Hussein’s sentencing spark more violence in Iraq?” I should’ve figured on that spin, shouldn’t I?
Yes, we should figure on that sort of spin, but there’s a difference between “this will probably spark some additional violence” (such as I noted above) and “this will probably spark some additional violence, which means that US policy has failed“.
It’s only smart to point out the obvious (some Iraqis will be upset about this and some of them will react violently). However, that fact doesn’t necessarily make the political point that many will use it for. Particularly three days before US elections.
UPDATE 2: Ramsey Clark was ejected from the court for being a “mockery”. Heh.
Iraqis cheered as he was ejected. Double Heh.