Saturday, December 30, 2006

The End of Saddam...Or is it?

Niall McCamley

Saddam Hussein, aged 69, was hanged this morning at 6:10 am in Iraq (3:10 am British time) in gallows once used by his own secret police. The execution was rushed through in an attempt to provide a new start for a struggling Iraqi government.

Hussein apparently refused a hood and a cleric but did, instead, say a brief prayer before the hanging. When the hanging began at 6:10 his body was then left for 10 minutes to guarantee his death although reports claim it was swift.

George Bush has come out quickly to point out that sectarian violence in Iraq is still continuing and there is still work to be done. Maliki has come out in a much more positive manner concerning Hussein's death. He claims "Saddam's execution puts an end to all the pathetic gambles on a return to dictatorship." This, unfortunately, may be wistful thinking as violence continues unabated in Iraq.

The question that is waiting to be answered now is how will Saddam Hussein's death affect the violence. Will it bring peace and stability to the area or a fully-fledged civil war?

What are your opinions concerning Hussein's execution? Was it right or wrong? Is it of any relevance to students at Queen's? Do students care?

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The hanging of Saddam is wrong. i know he was responsible for the deaths of countless innocent people but was still a human being. God gave life and only God can take it away, just because a court sentences someone to death does not mean that it is not murder and those who were involved with his death are just as guilty as he was.

1/03/2007 4:43 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saddam committed extreamly horrific crimes and did deserve to be punished but not through hanging. No man has the right to end anyones life.In doing so those involved have stooped to his level by taking someones life. Through his execution he will no doubt end up becoming a "martyr" to his followers

1/03/2007 4:50 pm  
Anonymous aoife said...

Let's hope ever member of IRA/Sinn Fein meets the same end.

1/03/2007 6:57 pm  
Anonymous The Goat said...

Aoife,

Its people like you who've caused our recent past by your petty tribalistic attitutes. Surly a university student is capable of rationale debate?

No?

I thought not ...

1/04/2007 8:00 pm  
Anonymous aoife said...

goat,

it's called justice.

i am a law student thank you.

1/04/2007 9:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aoife,

your a law student? What a pity... what has society done to deserve such an assult on reason and rationality? You hope to see every member of Sinn Féin hanged? Well, i know your the law student and all.... but isn't the death penalty a wee bit illegal... or is that just some stupid liberal agenda that i'm tring to push? you said that it would be justice... exactly how can you reconcile the fact that the death penalty is illegal with you misguided conception of justice... perhaps you should have another quick look through your law books and get back to us... or rather, do us all a favour and don't.

1/17/2007 7:45 am  
Anonymous loaf of bread said...

strange that someone with a name like aoife has such strong anti-IRA feelings.

1/17/2007 7:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that a bit sterotypical assuming someone with an Irish name has an innate loyality to sinn fein/ira!!! prehaps Aoife doesn't aggree with illegal organisations which terrorise and murder!!

1/18/2007 6:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unionists don't do themselves any favours by taking stereo-typical attitudes of which a clear example is demonstrated above.

Some people can be so shallow!

1/26/2007 5:28 pm  

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