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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Sunday, 5 November 2006

Saddam Hussein has today been sentenced to death

The former tyrant Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death by hanging for crimes against humanity.

Whilst I am fundamentally opposed to capital punishment for anyone, including monsters such as Saddam Hussein, it is pretty clear that a great many Iraqis will be profoundly relieved that the law is taking its course, although it is also likely that the terrorist insurgents will exploit the verdict and its aftermath. An automatic appeal is launched, it seems, whenever a death sentence is handed down in Iraq, probably something that didn't happen to his victims when he ran the country. Assuming the appeal is unsuccessful, under Iraqi law the sentence is carried out within 30 days of a decision being reached. May God, or Allah or whomever Saddam Hussein believes in, protect his soul (if he has one).

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