An Iraqi court on Sunday sentenced Saddam Hussein to the gallows for crimes against humanity, closing a quarter-century-old chapter of violent suppression in this land of long memories, deep grudges and sectarian slaughter.I don't understand why the accusations come that say this will spark a civil war. As far as I remember, the folks in Iraq hate Saddam. I watched them on the day we first hit Baghdad, dancing for joy in the streets. Does anyone in their right mind want things to go back to the way they were before that day?
The former Iraqi dictator and six subordinates were convicted and sentenced for the 1982 killings of 148 people in a single Shiite town after an attempt on his life there.
The European Union urged Iraq on Sunday not to carry out the death sentence passed on Iraq's former leader Saddam Hussein after his conviction for crimes against humanity. "The EU opposes capital punishment in all cases and under all circumstances, and it should not be carried out in this case either," Finland, current holder of the rotating EU presidency, said in a statement.This shows you how seriously EU (or at least, Finland's president) takes Iraq. They don't view them as a sovereign nation fit to govern their own affairs. I don't recall the EU ever telling us not to drop a bad guy from our society -- and we haven't had someone who so clearly deserved a short drop and a sudden stop in a long time.
What do they propose we do with him? Let him sit in jail for a bit until some Shi'ite terrorist nut breaks him out so he can gas more Kurds? Let him continue to breathe when it is terribly clear that every breath is a waste of perfectly good oxygen?
I don't remember anyone in the EU being particularly evenhanded when it came to the Nuremberg trials.