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Amnesty International has already described the trial as a "shabby affair marred by serious flaws"

Those loony leftists are getting better by the day...

Arnaud

Yup... that's a safe prediction, all right!

Meanwhile, if his sentence is commuted to "life", for as long as he lives there will be insurgents trying to get him out of prison. MORE bombs, hostages, endless folderol.

It would never end until he is dead. Better dead now.

@LC Mpj
Better dead now.

Better dead THEN. My fantasy is that he tried to fight his way out when we found him and we just killed him in a fire fight like we did with his spawn Uday, Qusay and Qusay's son.

And then my other fantasy is that his wife got really fed up, cut his balls off and fed them to him.

But that's just me.

The longer they wait to execute him the more bloodshed there will be. Do it tomorrow and then finish the trials in absentia. When you're finished convene the moot and read the sentence.

People, stop thinking that all the bloodshed is caused by supporters of Saddam. Saddam is despised in most of Iraq. The terrorists do not care about Saddam, they just dream of an Islamic caliphate. They see the chaos in Iraq as an opportunity to accomplish this. Just because bbc tries to convince us that the reaction of the iraqis to the death sentenced is "mixed", it doesn't mean that things are like this. Yes, there was one demonstration in Tikrit, but that was it.

The best scene: the judge throwing uber-moonbat Ramsey Clark out on his heinie. I wonder if this is the first client Clark has actually had "hang by the neck until dead".

Get the rope!

Actually given the real goal of Europe is for stability by sparing Saddam they have the option of putting him back in power. One could be assured with Saddam in power the bloodshed now taking place in Iraq would end rather quickly.

My question is a bit more basic. At the end of WWII could the Germans have done to Hitler and crew what the Iraqi people have done to Saddam and his minions?

@Alexandru Voicu: "People, stop thinking that all the bloodshed is caused by supporters of Saddam."

At least 1/4 of the violence in Iraq is being caused by Saddam's followers, if not more.

There are 4 different insurgent groups there... al Qaeda, al Sadr's gang of militants, Saddam's followers, and assorted criminals who were released from prison by Saddam just before the Coalition invaded (REAL criminals... murderers, theives, thugs).

Saddam's followers have been behind the roadside bombs. They are Ba'athists who want their cushy jobs back, and are probably being supported by Syria.

Taking out Saddam himself will relieve these people of their preposterous goal of returning him to power.

Isn't there some way we can sue the rope manufacturers for this travesty?

Sadly, another "safe prediction" was that this post would pop up on medienkritik and that commentators would attack the "loony leftists" at amnesty or a the German left as such. What a travesty.

Mock people who never criticize the death penalty but only now decide to speak up against it because the verdict could be interpreted as a positive message from Iraq or about US foreign policy all you want. Those are anti-American people indeed, that is what medienkritik should expose. At least if it really is more than a GWB campaign outpost.

In contrast, amnesty, the EU and its institutions and many on the German left criticize capital punishment constantly and globally. In China, Iran and the US alike. And OMG, I personally happen to think capital punishment is never justified. Full stop. So do my German friends and colleagues at--gasp--amnesty. From this point of view, it is only stringent and legitimate to criticize this verdict, too. Is it really this difficult to differentiate?

@ Joe: "My question is a bit more basic. At the end of WWII could the Germans have done to Hitler and crew what the Iraqi people have done to Saddam and his minions?"

Of course not. The Federal Republic of Germany in 1949 specifically banned capital punishment in order to spare as many Nazi war criminals as possible. If you'd like further information, see the following URL: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/03/AR2005060301450.html

And this must be right because it was published by the Washington Post, not some right wingnut propaganda mill like Fox News.

tibor... "Mock people who never criticize the death penalty but only now decide to speak up against it because the verdict could be interpreted as a positive message from Iraq or about US foreign policy all you want."


Oh, PLEASE! Europe is CONSTANTLY criticizing and bitching about the death penalty in the US. We hear it all the time when certain EU countries refuse to extradite terrorist prisoners to the US.

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