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Eve of an Execution

Friday, December 29, 2006
Well, it seems Saddam Hussein is due to be hanged in the next few hours. This comes after a trial rivaled in spectacularity and show only by O.J. Simpson's.

I'm not so sure that killing the man is a good idea, and I'm not so sure he got the fairest of trials. I think it's interesting that the Iraqi High Tribunal upheld the verdict, given much of the controversy that surrounded the trial. It's not that I think Saddam's innocent - I'm fairly certain he's not - it's just that I believe in a fair trial.

I'm also of the opinion that executing him isn't such a great idea. While he may be a catalyst for the opposition in Iraq, his death may trigger a wave of (even more) violence and retribution killings, as seems to be the policy over there.

Anyway, we'll see. Just let it be known that I'm skeptical.

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