Hussein’s sentence to hang sparks debate

By Jessica Chesko
November 17, 2006

Death by hanging. It sounds like something from the 1600’s witch trials, doesn’t it? Could someone actually be sentenced to death today by hanging?

The answer is yes, but before you shout “How barbaric!” would it make a difference if the person sentenced is one of the most, if not the most, evil men in the world?

Saddam Hussein was recently found guilty of crimes against humanity. Iraq’s High Tribunal sentenced him to hang for the 1982 killing of 148 Shiites in the city of Dujail. If the appeals court upholds the sentences, Hussein is to be hanged within 30 days.

The sentence seems to have sparked a fiery debate about the fairness of the trial and what it all means for Iraq and the United States.

According to the DailyBulletin, some claim this will only bring more trouble for the United States and that it is not a good way for Iraq to begin a new regime.

This could all be true, but it really comes down to the age-old debate on capital punishment, which no one will ever agree on.

Does anyone really deserve to die?

When you think about it logically, doesn’t the immorality of killing one person weigh far less than the immorality of slaughtering hundreds of people and causing fear within your own people and people all over the world?

Murder is never right or acceptable but what about when it comes down to what is good and right for the world?

Like Hitler, Hussein is a truly evil man who has caused nothing but fear and destruction. Wouldn’t you feel safer knowing he is no longer a threat?

As strange and barbaric as hanging may sound, it was a decision made by Iraq. They deserved to have the chance to determine the fate of the man who had a reign of dark power over their country for a long time.

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