Sunday, November 05, 2006

# Posted 5:06 AM by Patrick Porter  

THE SENTENCE: Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to death for his part in the murder of 148 people in Dujail in 1982.

Whatever you think of the death penalty, I suspect many Iraqis will see justice in this tyrannicide. Even as their country is being ripped open by sectarian violence, crime and anarchy, they might see in Saddam's execution at least the end of one terrible chapter in their country's history.
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It is a painful step, but certainly a step in the right direction to responsible self-governance.

Even if you think the end result was the right one, the process by which we got to that end result was an utter joke. Nouri Al-Maliki practically announced the verdict on television the night before it was delivered.
On the one hand, I don't think hanging Saddam is a legitimate moral or legal act, especially without a free and fair appeal. On the other, it would be illegitimate to impose such a choice upon the Iraqi court, whatever it's flaws.

On balance, I think the sentence is a mistake, but one that the world (and Iraqis) will just have to live with.
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