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Saddam To Hang
November 6, 2006, 5:59 pm
Filed under: Death Penalty, Iraq, News and politics, politics, protests, Saddam, vietnam

Abolish the death penalty, right now, everywhere.

So, you know how I feel about the death penalty. I don’t think it is appropriate in any case and I don’t condone it for anyone, ever, period. I have been deeply committed to this issue for a number of years.

That being said, were anyone a good fit for execution it would be Saddam, a tyrant unmatched in his cruelty. Sadly though, I’m guessing what will be remembered most internationally will be the occupation and veritable destruction of Iraq by US forces on patently false pretenses. In this way, Saddam’s crimes fall by the wayside and America emerges ever further into the dark hole it has been sinking into. Executing Saddam will only fuel Sunni insurgents and inflame the Arab world. It will inflame me and I’m not even from there! Most importantly though, it will show that America can occupy a country for no reason, put its dictator on trial, refuse to protect his lawyers (which leads to many of them being assassinated), change judges when it doesn’t like the proceedings, and then execute him in the name of “justice”.

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Some fun facts from Amnesty International…

Abolitionist and Retentionist Countries

More than half the countries in the world have now abolished the death penalty in law or practice. The numbers are as follows:

 

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Abolitionist for all crimes: 88
Abolitionist for ordinary crimes only: 11
Abolitionist in practice: 30

Total abolitionist in law or practice: 129
Retentionist: 68

At the end is a list of countries which have abolished the death penalty since 1976. It shows that in the past decade, an average of over three countries a year have abolished the death penalty in law or, having done so for ordinary offences, have gone on to abolish it for all offences.

1. Abolitionist for all crimes

Countries whose laws do not provide for the death penalty for any crime

ANDORRA, ANGOLA, ARMENIA, AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, AZERBAIJAN, BELGIUM, BHUTAN, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, BULGARIA, CAMBODIA, CANADA, CAPE VERDE, COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, COTE D’IVOIRE, CROATIA, CYPRUS, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, DJIBOUTI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, ESTONIA, FINLAND, FRANCE, GEORGIA, GERMANY,GREECE, GUINEA-BISSAU, HAITI, HONDURAS, HUNGARY, ICELAND, IRELAND, ITALY, KIRIBATI, LIBERIA, LIECHTENSTEIN, LITHUANIA, LUXEMBOURG, MACEDONIA (former Yugoslav Republic), MALTA, MARSHALL ISLANDS, MAURITIUS, MEXICO, MICRONESIA (Federated States), MOLDOVA, MONACO, MONTENEGRO, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, NEPAL, NETHERLANDS, NEW ZEALAND, NICARAGUA, NIUE, NORWAY, PALAU, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, PORTUGAL, ROMANIA, SAMOA, SAN MARINO, SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, SENEGAL, SERBIA, SEYCHELLES, SLOVAK REPUBLIC, SLOVENIA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, SOUTH AFRICA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TIMOR-LESTE, TURKEY, TURKMENISTAN, TUVALU, UKRAINE, UNITED KINGDOM, URUGUAY, VANUATU, VATICAN CITY STATE, VENEZUELA

4. Retentionist

Countries and territories which retain the death penalty for ordinary crimes

AFGHANISTAN, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, BAHAMAS, BANGLADESH, BARBADOS, BELARUS, BELIZE, BOTSWANA, BURUNDI, CAMEROON, CHAD, CHINA, COMOROS, CONGO (Democratic Republic), CUBA, DOMINICA, EGYPT, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ERITREA, ETHIOPIA, GUATEMALA, GUINEA, GUYANA, INDIA, INDONESIA, IRAN, IRAQ, JAMAICA, JAPAN, JORDAN, KAZAKSTAN, KOREA (North), KOREA (South), KUWAIT, LAOS, LEBANON, LESOTHO, LIBYA, MALAYSIA, MONGOLIA, NIGERIA, OMAN, PAKISTAN, PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY, QATAR, RWANDA, SAINT CHRISTOPHER & NEVIS, SAINT LUCIA, SAINT VINCENT & GRENADINES, SAUDI ARABIA, SIERRA LEONE, SINGAPORE, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, TAIWAN, TAJIKISTAN, TANZANIA, THAILAND, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, UGANDA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, UZBEKISTAN, VIET NAM, YEMEN, ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE

Countries which have abolished the death penalty since 1976

1976: PORTUGAL abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1978: DENMARK abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1979: LUXEMBOURG, NICARAGUA and NORWAY abolished the death penalty for all crimes. BRAZIL, FIJI and PERU abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes.

1981: FRANCE and CAPE VERDE abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1982: The NETHERLANDS abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1983: CYPRUS and EL SALVADOR abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes.

1984: ARGENTINA abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes.

1985: AUSTRALIA abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1987: HAITI, LIECHTENSTEIN and the GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC (1) abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1989: CAMBODIA, NEW ZEALAND, ROMANIA and SLOVENIA (2) abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1990: ANDORRA, CROATIA (2), the CZECH AND SLOVAK FEDERAL REPUBLIC (3), HUNGARY, IRELAND, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA and SAO TOMÉ AND PRíNCIPE abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1992: ANGOLA, PARAGUAY and SWITZERLAND abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1993: GUINEA-BISSAU, HONG KONG (4) and SEYCHELLES abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1994: ITALY abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1995: DJIBOUTI, MAURITIUS, MOLDOVA and SPAIN abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1996: BELGIUM abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1997: GEORGIA, NEPAL, POLAND and SOUTH AFRICA abolished the death penalty for all crimes. BOLIVIA abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes.

1998: AZERBAIJAN, BULGARIA, CANADA, ESTONIA, LITHUANIA and the UNITED KINGDOM abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1999: EAST TIMOR, TURKMENISTAN and UKRAINE abolished the death penalty for all crimes. LATVIA (5) abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes.

2000 : COTE D’IVOIRE and MALTA abolished the death penalty for all crimes. ALBANIA (6) abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes.

2001: BOSNIA-HEZEGOVINA (7) abolished the death penalty for all crimes. CHILE abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes.

2002: CYPRUS and YUGOSLAVIA (now two states SERBIA and MONTENEGRO (9)) abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

2003: ARMENIA abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

2004: BHUTAN, GREECE, SAMOA, SENEGAL and TURKEY abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

2005: LIBERIA (8) and MEXICO abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

2006: PHILIPPINES abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

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An equally interesting fact is the correlation between the death penalty and the number of violent crimes deserving it.

It appears that having a death penalty “ups the ante”, especially among the criminal “classes”, where the legalities may not be well understood.

“Might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb”–an ancient and wise saying.

“The Onion Field” by Jos. Wambaugh, predicated on true events, mentions that the robbers who killed two cops in cold blood believed that in kidnapping them they had violated a law, which provided for the death penalty in cases where a kidnapping was compounded by a felony.

Ironically, they hadn’t comitted the second felony neccessary to cross that line until they shot the cops–a crime carrying the death penalty.

In the case of Saddam, the situation is too complicated for a simple hanging: his person, his family, and his party are all associated with the Sunni sect.

Considering the existing sectarian tensions in Iraq, the last damn thing anyone needs to give people is a martyr. That’s one of the reasons Muqtada Al-Sadr is still walking and processing oxygen.

Better to let Saddam go slowly but gently into that good night, until one day we are mildly surprised to hear a BBC announcer say “Saddam Hussein, dictator of Iraq until the Second Gulf War, has died in prison at the age of 99”.

Comment by Metro

Couldn’t agree more! Also the trial has been a charade. Three different judges presiding, defense attorneys killed and Saddam being hospitalized after his hunger strike. Nothing surprises me anymore with this trial. Except if the court of appeals overturned the death penalty, that is.

Comment by Peter N

I am sorry, but I respectfully disagree with you. Had there been no capitol punishment, there would be no fear of crime. the problem is that when a crime is committed, you hear about it. every time a criminal holds back because he is scared to die, it is one crime less but we dont get to hear about it. here is what I think about Saddam: http://zeesvoice.wordpress.com/2006/11/06/saddam-is-sentenced

Comment by Zee

I agree. As Peter said this whole trial has been a charade. No one is going to have any sympathy for Saddam but the death penalty actually seems quite a shock. Quite archaic and barbaric, especially for a new regime that is hopefully trying to at least pay lip service to stopping the killing.

Oh and the trial coinciding with elections in America show once more that the spin doctors in Washington know that Bush’s trump card (for some umfathomable reason) is when he is seen as a War President. Forgetting of course that he has made the world a lot less safe place to live.

Comment by omih

There is concrete data that indicates the death penalty has almost zero deterrent value. The only purpose is vengeance, and I always thought that was supposed to be a base value.
And the trial was indeed a charade.

There is some thought that the army will rush through the execution to prevent Saddam from testifying at the trial of his cousin, Chemical Ali, because he would expose US involvement in the atrocities against the Kurds in the late 1980’s.

Comment by letsgoeverywhere

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Being myself strongly opposed to death penalty for any matters – one single innocent wrongly executed is reason enough – I have to mention here an injustice to my county, Brasil. We had death penalty briefly during the ignominious 21 years of military dictatorship but I have to say it was never enforced. The military, many of them against it, knew the people would revolt if any person should be executed for his/hers political views. But Brasil is known, gentlemen, for non-death penalty since the proclamation of the Republic in 1899. We do have, yes and it is disgraceful, the high level of death, by bandits, drug dealers and even some law enforcers, but that does not single out Brasil. Please insert my country in the list of countries with no death penalty.
Thanks

Comment by PACO BERTOMEU

Ban dư tiền và muốn đầu tư xây nhà Việc tiếp theo chính là
lập dự toán chi phí xây dựng nhà ở để xác định nguồn vốn tài chính mà gia chủ mang đi đầu tư..…
chúng tôi tư vấn cho bạn cách tốt nhất
theo tiêu chuẩn xây dựng nhà ở của bộ xây dựng
công ty nguyễn Hoàn Bước thứ 3 cũng là bước cuối cùng trong trình
tự xây nhà là thi công và hoàn công. Hầu hết việc này được giao cho
đơn vị nhà thầu hoàn tất…… Kiên Giang những lời nói xuôi tai và chắc như đinh
đóng cột nhưng sau đó là khiến bạn mất
thời gian và tiền bạc do thiếu tính minh bạch và rõ ràng ngay từ lúc ký kết.,.… công ty
xây dựng uy tín ở tphcm

Comment by xây dựng nhà ở

bạn dự đinh xây nhà trọ Việc tiếp theo chính là lập dự toán chi phí
xây dựng nhà ở để xác định nguồn vốn tài chính mà gia chủ mang đi
đầu tư..… Chúng tôi sẽ tư vấn giải pháp giúp bạn tiết kiêm chi phí theo tiêu chuẩn xây
dựng nhà ở của bộ xây dựng công ty chúng tôi chuyên xây nhà đẹp
Bước thứ 3 cũng là bước cuối cùng trong trình tự xây nhà
là thi công và hoàn công. Hầu hết việc này được giao cho đơn vị nhà thầu hoàn tất……

Nhơn ninh những lời nói xuôi tai và chắc
như đinh đóng cột nhưng sau đó là khiến bạn mất thời gian và tiền bạc do thiếu tính minh bạch và rõ ràng ngay từ lúc ký kết.,.… các công ty xây dựng tại tphcm

Comment by tư vấn xây nhà đẹp

tư vấn xây nhà giá rẻ cong ty Việc tiếp theo
chính là lập dự toán chi phí xây dựng nhà ở để xác định nguồn vốn tài chính mà gia chủ mang đi đầu tư..… Hãy gọi cho chúng tôi để được hổ trợ tư vấn giá cả họp lý theo
tiêu chuẩn xây dựng nhà ở của bộ xây dựng Công
ty xây dựng Hòa Hưng Phát Bước thứ 3 cũng là bước cuối cùng trong trình tự xây nhà
là thi công và hoàn công. Hầu hết việc này được giao cho đơn vị nhà
thầu hoàn tất…… Cần Thơ những lời nói xuôi tai và chắc như đinh đóng cột nhưng sau đó là khiến bạn mất
thời gian và tiền bạc do thiếu tính minh bạch và rõ ràng ngay từ lúc ký kết.,.…
Chúng tôi khảo sát và báo giá họp lý cho quý gia chủ
xây biệt thự giá bao nhiêu

Comment by tư vấn thiết kế nhà phố




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