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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Saddam Hussein is dead

Saddam's been hanged, and that is as it should be. I find it odd that the entirely reasonable opposition many people have towards the Iraq War so often translates into sympathy for Saddam. The sympathy is misplaced. The man was a monster, a mass-murderer without remorse, and as in the case of so many of the Nuremberg accused, the sentence was deserved.

It might be true that other dictators quite as bad as Saddam remain in power elsewhere in the world, but that was no reason to let him be. If anything, Saddam's execution will serve as a warning to future rulers: being head of state does not bring immunity from the law. Anything other than the death sentence for Saddam, after all the crimes he committed against his own people, would have been a joke.
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