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Old 11-05-2006, 05:23 PM   #1
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Saddam Hussein

Ok, this is major league news, but i don't see a thread on it already. So please excuse me if there is, its probably me being a t*t.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/mid...st/6119428.stm

Saddam Hussein. Sentenced to death by hanging. What a screw up. yes, the guy deserves to die, but we need to think about this. Killing him will make him a martyr. I don't want to go to deep into this if i dont have to, as my views are very strong and will probably consist of crude language. So what does everyone else think?

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Old 11-05-2006, 05:26 PM   #2
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There actually was a thread in the Senate Chambers. But onto this, it's about time. Good riddance.


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Old 11-05-2006, 05:28 PM   #3
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Yes, killing him by testicle-ripping-and-bleeding-to-death would be much better, and I think it would make him les of a martyr...I mean, who would want to worship a guy without balls?



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Old 11-05-2006, 06:22 PM   #4
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Hmm.

Does he deserve to die? Erm...Maybe.

But by killing him, the Iraqi government is no better than him, IMO.

Personally, I'd imprison him for life with the Tellytubbies...



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Old 11-05-2006, 06:25 PM   #5
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Im glad he's been found guilty and that he will be punished for the deaths of innocent people but i don't think anyone should be forced to die for their crimes. It's slightly Jedi of me but it's what i just think. There are many fates worse than death. Working at a KFC in Levenshulme i believe is one.


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Old 11-05-2006, 06:49 PM   #6
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Old 11-05-2006, 07:01 PM   #7
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Sentencing him to death? Typical.

What we should do: put him back in charge of Iraq, and let him clean up the mess. Now THAT would be punishment.
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Old 11-05-2006, 07:06 PM   #8
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Old 11-05-2006, 07:14 PM   #9
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What we should do: put him back in charge of Iraq, and let him clean up the mess. Now THAT would be punishment.

Hehe, he might actually prove to be effective at the job.


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Old 11-05-2006, 07:31 PM   #10
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I'm not a fan of the death penalty, just leave him in a prison. But the thing that's really odd... death by hanging? wouldn't lethal injection be more humane?


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Old 11-05-2006, 09:03 PM   #11
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wouldn't lethal injection be more humane?
It would be more humane, which is precisely why we're not doing it.

One example out of many...

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Old 11-05-2006, 09:21 PM   #13
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It's better than he deserves.
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I'd prefer to see life imprisonment over this. For a couple reasons, it's against my moral views, it's more punishment to spend life in prison than to just die, and like some of you said he'll be a martyr to his followers.


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Old 11-05-2006, 10:13 PM   #15
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Even though someone may have done the awful things that Hussein has done, I'm not denying that, employing the attitude that we have the "right" to exert equal punishment on said individual is foolish.

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I'd prefer to see life imprisonment over this. For a couple reasons, it's against my moral views, it's more punishment to spend life in prison than to just die, and like some of you said he'll be a martyr to his followers.
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Old 11-05-2006, 10:19 PM   #16
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Even though someone may have done the awful things that Hussein has done, I'm not denying that, employing the attitude that we have the "right" to exert equal punishment on said individual is foolish.
I would call one hanging a far from equal punishment in proportion to genocide on such a scale...


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Old 11-05-2006, 10:26 PM   #17
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I would call one hanging a far from equal punishment in proportion to genocide on such a scale...
Well in the case of genocide, I doubt it is possible to kill one person several thousand times. So in that sense, his death, no matter how inhumane you would like to be, will never be equal punishment. I feel that execution, in any circumstance, is not a means to which problems are solved or debts are paid.


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Folks, the Americans aren't imposing the sentence, the Iraqis are. They're the ones who tried and sentenced him, and the ones who will execute him.
And here's how much I'll mourn: Yep, that's pretty much it, we can move on now.


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Folks, the Americans aren't imposing the sentence, the Iraqis are. They're the ones who tried and sentenced him, and the ones who will execute him.
Don't accuse people against the death penalty of anti-americanism when the United States have not been mentioned yet.
As far as I know, the concept of death penalty is not exclusive to the USA, so discussing it without mentioning said country is totally possible.


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Old 11-05-2006, 11:07 PM   #20
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So in that sense, his death, no matter how inhumane you would like to be, will never be equal punishment.
Unfortunately, yes. However, a hanging is a closer punishment than just a lethal injection.

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I feel that execution, in any circumstance, is not a means to which problems are solved or debts are paid.
It's justice. If someone commits a crime, they should be punished according the severity of it. And in the case of genocide, it is a very severe one.


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Old 11-05-2006, 11:23 PM   #21
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Don't accuse people against the death penalty of anti-americanism when the United States have not been mentioned yet.
As far as I know, the concept of death penalty is not exclusive to the USA, so discussing it without mentioning said country is totally possible.
To be honest, I wasn't thinking of anti-Americanism at all, just a clarification on who was responsible for sentencing Hussein. I didn't connect death penalty issues with anti-Americanism, either. Those are 2 entirely separate issues. I'm not a big fan of the death penalty in the US simply because all the appeals cost the states more money in the long run than just housing the criminal. Yeah, that may be cold, but if they're guilty, they're going to spend time in jail for the rest of their lives or die with no hope of rehabilitation and release no matter what, so we may as well do it in the least expensive way possible.

The only reason I posted that was because it sounded like some folks were thinking the US was involved (which would be natural, given our involvement there), when in fact it's the Iraqis who are taking responsibility for their own people. The US and a number of other countries are over there in Iraq so that the Iraqi people can have the right to convict a dictator of heinous crimes. It's a pleasure to see the Iraqis taking the initiative to try and convict Hussein, whether or not they actually put him to death.


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The only reason I posted that was because it sounded like some folks were thinking the US was involved (which would be natural, given our involvement there), when in fact it's the Iraqis who are taking responsibility for their own people.
This is where it was unclear since I didn't see anyone who sounded like he thought the US was involved with the sentence. Honestly, I don't see it anywhere.
I guess it all was a case of misinterpretation.


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Hanging is too good for him. I'd suggest public castration, followed by disembowelment and then behead him!


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I don't really understand the need of killing him. Isn't it a bit too sweet? I'd rather have him rot at the bottom of the hole he was captured in. Surely, those who want "justice" must prefer having him suffer many years for what he did rather then spending a few seconds choking on rope.


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Old 11-06-2006, 01:21 AM   #25
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I don't really understand the need of killing him. Isn't it a bit too sweet? I'd rather have him rot at the bottom of the hole he was captured in. Surely, those who want "justice" must prefer having him suffer many years for what he did rather then spending a few seconds choking on rope.
I agree, I don't see the need to kill him, or anyone else for their crimes, goes back to the whole eye for an eye thing. However, it does seem like quite a few people here want to see him executed, I wonder if they would do it with their own hands though? I know I couldn't do it, nor do I want to.


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Old 11-06-2006, 01:31 AM   #26
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He does deserve to die after what he has done in Iraq. If they don't kill, do as lukeiamyourdad said and let him rot in the bottom of the hole he was captured in.
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I don't really understand the need of killing him. Isn't it a bit too sweet? I'd rather have him rot at the bottom of the hole he was captured in. Surely, those who want "justice" must prefer having him suffer many years for what he did rather then spending a few seconds choking on rope.
The problem with "letting him rot" is who's gonna pay the bill to keep the sorry SOB alive for the next 20+ years? People say that the death penalty is not a deterrent for crime, but it most certainly is. Supposing for a moment that opponents of capital punishment are right and it doesn't deter others from committing crime, it at the very least deters the one executed from ever harming others again!

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Let's throw him in the Great Pit of Carkoon, the nesting place of the almighty Sarlacc...

That would be a fitting punishment I think



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Hanging? Didn't know that was the method of death penalty in the Iraq.

I'm against the death penalty, so no comment from me on that...
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I'm against the death penalty too.
it's an easy way out for a mass-murderer like him. He should be sentenced life-long. His prison inmates will punish him much harder then that stupid rope can.

Plus, I just want to go to his prison, with some popcorn, and watch him getting beat up by his mates, thus becoming a prison b*tch. THAT's what he deserves.

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Folks, the Americans aren't imposing the sentence, the Iraqis are. They're the ones who tried and sentenced him, and the ones who will execute him.
I was just about to say something to that effect. Also, I would rather it be the Iraqis than the US. If the US was the one to sentence him, we'd be in more trouble.

.....Granted he should been sent to the Hague, but that's another thread...


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The problem with "letting him rot" is who's gonna pay the bill to keep the sorry SOB alive for the next 20+ years? People say that the death penalty is not a deterrent for crime, but it most certainly is. Supposing for a moment that opponents of capital punishment are right and it doesn't deter others from committing crime, it at the very least deters the one executed from ever harming others again!
I am not convinced about that. Not only I oppose to death penalty per se but I fear that Saddam's execution could only worsen the already chaotic situation in Iraq.
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@LIAYD--even momerators can have the occasional confused moments and writings with incomplete clarity , but it was Emperor D's comment
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"...employing the attitude that we have the "right" to exert equal punishment on said individual is foolish" that triggered my thoughts. I took the 'we' to mean 'we Americans', and thought it was necessary to clarify. No worries on the understanding thing. It never occurred to me that people could perceive it the way you did (or I would have written it differently), but I can see how you got to that conclusion.

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I am not convinced about that. Not only I oppose to death penalty per se but I fear that Saddam's execution could only worsen the already chaotic situation in Iraq.
I'd tend to agree with that, but unless they housed him in a maximum security prison in another country, I'm concerned it would be all to easy for him too escape.


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Old 11-06-2006, 04:09 PM   #35
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Saddam is getting hanged by order of the Iraqui court system. As one who thinks enough killing has been had, it is extreme. then again we used to think it the right thing to do in the Old West out on the frontier. As someone who believes in trial by jury, while I don't the facts that were presented, I would say that Saddam will get his due. President Bush claimed that it was a milestone. Personally I have not seen progress made in Iraq. Now I am hearing that the snipers have gotten better at killing our boys over there or even just injuring them. As far as I am concerned, Saddam was a tyrant who abused the power that we helped him gain in the first place and now he is paying the price. Hanging, lethal injection, fine by me though I think an execution squad would be an extreme.

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I took the 'we' to mean 'we Americans', and thought it was necessary to clarify.
I hadn't been thinking when I said 'we'.

Out of general curiosity, though, why are so many people against the death penalty? It's not as if he's being hanged (yes, that's proper grammar) without reason.


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Old 11-06-2006, 07:31 PM   #37
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To kill a Saddam Hussein is not the problem people should concern--at least I don't care about if he's hanged or drowned or shot. I think the biggest problem should be how to prevent another Saddam Hussein from rising in Iraq.




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Draw and quarter, anyone?

But seriously, we're not talking about execution of a jaywalker. I mean, in his case, if there were a scintilla of true doubt about SH's identity, you might have a point about capital punishment being extreme. However, that doesn't seem to be a problem in this case. Also, the Iraqis need no pressure from the US to kill this sob anyway b/c he's made enough internal enemies of his own these past 30+ years. There's no reason to send him to the Hague, however, as Iraq has the right to punish it's own criminals. The UN did little to bring this man down and thus has no jurisdiction over his fate. Hanging may be to good for him, but he is getting his just reward.
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Out of general curiosity, though, why are so many people against the death penalty?
Because the ideas of vengeance and retribution like that are barbaric and outdated? As a species and society it would be nice to evolve past our animal need for such things? Because human life is intrinsically valuable and nobody has the right to determine when and how to end it?



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Because the ideas of vengeance and retribution like that are barbaric and outdated? As a species and society it would be nice to evolve past our animal need for such things? Because human life is intrinsically valuable and nobody has the right to determine when and how to end it?
I couldn't have said it better myself. QFE.


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