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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

He's Gonna Be A Swingin'

The minute I heard that the court upheld Saddam's death sentence, the John Anderson song "Swinging" popped into my head. From the AP...

Saddam's hanging "must be implemented within 30 days," said Aref Shahin, chief judge of the appeals court. "From tomorrow, any day could be the day of implementation."

They upheld the other death sentences for Saddam's cohorts and even changed one life sentence to death. The court felt the life sentence was "too lenient" (boy I wish our justice system worked like that)

The appeals court also upheld death sentences for Barzan Ibrahim, Saddam's half brother and intelligence chief during the Dujail killings, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, head of Iraq's Revolutionary Court, which issued the death sentences against the Dujail residents.

The court concluded that the life sentence given former vice president Taha Yassin Ramadan was too lenient, and returned his case to the High Tribunal for reconsideration. Ramadan was convicted of premeditated murder. "We demand that he be sentenced to death," said Shahin, the chief appeals judge.

Of course the resident terrorist supporters at Human Rights Watch are just beside themselves...

Human Rights Watch urged the Iraqi government not to execute Saddam Hussein describing the trial that convicted the former president for crimes against humanity as "deeply flawed."
"Imposing the death penalty, indefensible in any case, is especially wrong after such unfair proceedings," said Richard Dicker, director of Human Rights Watch's international justice programme.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said the Iraqi appeals court should have conducted a thorough legal review of the verdict. The rights watchdog last month identified serious flaws in Saddam's trial, describing the trial in a 97-page report as "marred by so many procedural and substantive flaws that the verdict is unsound."

Of course the media tried to excuse HRW's terrorist support by noting that...

Human Rights Watch routinely opposes the use of the death penalty, describing the punishment as inherently inhumane.

As if what Hussein did to Iraqis was "humane"... These people need to go to Iraq and try to reason with the insurgents. Then they can see what inhumane really is.

In the meantime, the countdown has begun - 30 days left until Saddam is swinging. I'm going to make me one of those paper chains like we used to do in elementary school to countdown the days until Christmas.

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