An Adequate Response

Saddam Hussein has been executed.

His case is one of those that tests my opposition to capital punishment. The man was a monster responsible for murder, torture, and crimes against humanity that are beyond comprehension. If anyone ever deserved to die, Saddam did.

But I keep coming back to the wisdom of my 13-year-old daughter. “It doesn’t make sense to kill someone to show that killing is wrong.”

Somehow “yes, but he deserved it” just doesn’t seem like an adequate response.

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3 Responses to An Adequate Response

  1. jeremiasx says:

    Well…regardless of what he did…one thing is for sure. The number one witness in the oil-for-food fiasco that countless money and lives is dead before he can implicate other no-goodniks. Convenient, eh?

  2. Cathy says:

    Here, here to 13-year olds! Capital punishment is wrong, period. If I had the choice between vengeance and mercy, and chose the former, I would have chosen wrong. It’s no different for the state.

  3. Antibush says:

    Bush is forever saying that democracies do not invade other countries and start wars. Well, he did just that. He invaded Iraq, started a war, and killed people. What do you think? Is killing thousands of innocent civilians okay when you are doing a little government makeover?
    What happened to us, people? When did we become such lemmings?
    The more people that the government puts in jails, the safer we are told to think we are. The real terrorists are wherever they are, but they aren’t living in a country with bars on the windows. We are.

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