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Should Saddam Hussein Hang?

By November 8, 2006

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On Sunday, November 5, 2006, Saddam Hussein, dictator of Iraq from 1979 until 2003, was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to hang. While the appeal process for this verdict will continue through mid-January 2007, Hussein is again on trial for another crime.

Reaction to the death sentence has been mixed across the globe. Leaders such as U.S. President George Bush have publicly supported the sentence while British Prime Minister Tony Blair has stated he is against it. What do you think? Should Saddam Hussein be hanged for his crimes? Post your thoughts in the "comments" section below.

Comments

November 8, 2006 at 1:30 am
(1) dude says:

he should hang on live tv so all the people that got hurt or lost loved ones can watch him suffer.

November 8, 2006 at 1:36 am
(2) dude2 says:

I feel that he should die on live tv also for the people he hurt can witness his death. I dont feel that it is wrong to show him die on live tv because they show people on death row getting executed on live tv. I feel that he should be hung for the crimes that he commited it is only right that he get put to death just like anyone who murders a person.

November 8, 2006 at 11:04 am
(3) Lauren says:

As much as I would love to see him hung I don’t think it’s appropriate. That’s not teaching him anything. Yes he did wrong by all the people that he killed but I would personally love to see him in hard core jail for the rest of his life. Taking his life isn’t teaching anyone anything. Your telling other people (kids) that it’s okay if you kill someone cause you won’t have to do the time, we will just kill you instead.. That just sounds retarded.

November 9, 2006 at 12:52 am
(4) John says:

No,No,NO,No!!! Absolutly not, in my opinion.

November 9, 2006 at 8:31 pm
(5) Jeffery says:

Saddam needs to understand one thing, as does terrorists with the likes of bin Laden and al-Quaeda: humanity is not intimidated by the selfless, cowardly actions these people have commited. We live in a world where justice is served, and the govt. protects the people. Regarding Saddam’s verdict, that is ultimately the decision of the court, but whatever the final word is on this situation, let’s just hope that we learn to resolve conflicts with peace, not violence. May God bless the families who’ve had to suffer under Saddam’s reign, and may God continue to bless the world.

November 10, 2006 at 5:53 am
(6) Wazza says:

Hang him ASAP!
For the misery he has caused i9n so many countries, he deserves it!

November 10, 2006 at 6:04 am
(7) mesterke says:

Of course, he is guilty. But wnd what about Bush? More than 300 000 innocent people have died in consequence of an injustified war agains an independent state. Where are the weapos for mass destruction? Who is responsible for thet of these civilians?

November 10, 2006 at 7:32 am
(8) Sofia Ventura says:

People who think any good comes from murdering someone – and better yet, show the execution on live tv – are, in my opinion, sick.

Saddam has no escuse. He should be faily juged and, eventualy, condemned. The death penalty is a demonstration of decadence of a society who is wealing to comprmise human rights.

Am I wrong, or weren’t we told that human rights was what justified walking into Iraq?

November 10, 2006 at 7:42 am
(9) Clark Q says:

THE SOONER WE HANG HIM, THE SOONER HE GOES TO HELL! I WOULD LOVE TO WATCH THIS SORRY EXCUSE OF A HUMANS EXECUTION ON LIVE TV, AND WOULD HOPE THE REST OF THE WORLD FEELS THE SAME WAY.

November 10, 2006 at 7:58 am
(10) Henry Ward (Running Wolf) says:

Not anymore should Hussiem hang in my stated opinion than Bush and all of his administrative misfits! They have themselves murdered in cold blood many times more good and honest people in their aggessive and fictiously lying schemes than Hussein and all of his henchmen! The blame itself should be placed at the footsteps of the guilty, but has it? Running Wolf, Proud American Indian

November 10, 2006 at 9:07 am
(11) major general aps chauhan says:

Saddam’s sentence was a foregone conclusion. That he was put through a stage-managed process of trial was by design of occupying coalition to put up a show to humiliate Iraqis, inact a drama by trying him for crimes against humanity. Selectively picking up Djail to clinch their case in eyes of the world. If Bush was to be ambushed in this manner in Texas I wonder he would be hosting his assailants and that is an Islamic society. By international standards and Human Rights Watch too this trial was a farce. Controlled and manipulated by the US, a trial by victor of the vanquished. If the same premise of crime against humanity were to be applied uniformly then deluge of human destruction Americans have brought on Iraq would merit Rumsfeld, Blair and Bush to stand the same trial many times over. This democracy business is all hogwash. Its neo colonialism bashing up nationalism. Reminds me of the British how they came put one against the other and walked off with all the wealth. Saddam should go free.

November 10, 2006 at 10:17 am
(12) Mike says:

I’ve never understood where a government gets the right to kill someone because they killed someone.The only logic is you were stronger than they were, but we’re stronger than you. This makes nobody “right” or “punished”; just whoever’s biggest gets the last kill. I’m not suggesting Saddam was an angel, but If he’s put on trial for crimes against humanity – and Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney aren’t, it only proves the biggest bully in the schoolyard is “right” – there is certainly no justice involved. Using this example any country than can defeat another militarily can invade that country, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians in the process, and then put that country’s leader on trial for crimes against humanity because he killed some of the same civlians the invading country did. Where Bush & Co got the gall to take the high moral ground on this I’ll never know. Don’t these guys ever look in a mirror?

November 10, 2006 at 10:41 am
(13) ROBERT says:

yes he should die.he kill a lot of people.if he was in prison we would still have to feed him.
>bob

November 10, 2006 at 11:17 am
(14) 'Linda says:

A person, such as Saddam Hussein, regarding ALL his crimes against humanity are unforgivable…he should be stoned to death by his own people. I would tune in to watch his public stoning. . Anyone, who has been hurt by his dictatorship, would have a turn at throwing a stone at him. He would definitely feel pain, physical and mentally. NOT as much pain and suffering as he given to many, but there would be closure for a lot of people that he has hurt. Hanging is too quick a death for a murderer such as he. This is my opinion. It may be harsh, but look at the person we are commenting about…a person who is the equivalent to Hitler. Saddam Hussein was just caught…ALIVE.

November 10, 2006 at 11:25 am
(15) Holton Brown says:

He should be executed, at a secret location and the announcement made after the fact. Why?? because if the execution is public .. his supporters could stage attacks to coinside with the hanging .. also.. if he’s allowed to live .. his supporters could hijack a plane/ocean liner .. etc .. or threaten a nuclear or bio attack unless he is released ..

November 10, 2006 at 11:38 am
(16) holton brown says:

wait a minute here .. I am far from being a supporter of Bush and gang .. but it wasn’t that bunch that gassed the Kurds .. or mmaintained the secretb police network .. and the trial was held by the iraqis themselves .. he is in custody of the elected iraqi government .. and this verdict is just one on several trials that will be held plus .. he was offered a Free, Get Out of Jail Card before the invasion .. all he had to do was leave the country …and yyou’r forgetting that he was the one whpo originally invaded Kuwait .. and blew up all those wellheads after he lot the first Gulf War ..saying that Saddam is misunderstood .. is loike saying Eichmann should been given a pass because he had a few minor personality faults ..

November 10, 2006 at 11:42 am
(17) Matthew "The Texan" says:

I suppose it comes down to how fair his trial was. If it was a sham, as some have suggested, then perhaps he should be retried in a impartial place, such as at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. If they convict him, then by all means execute him, as that might be as close to a fair trial as you could get in this imperfect world of ours.

Allowing him to be tried by his own people seems to lend an air of legitimacy to his trial. However, as the U.S. currently controls Iraq, a legitimate trial by his own people might be difficult if not impossible, as American troops and people are prejudiced against Hussein from the first Gulf War and the gearing up against him in the current conflict (Now don’t get me wrong, I think that he did lots of bad stuff as well that warrants a “crimes against humanity” charge). Even though Maleki (the Iraqi Prime Minister– I think that is how you spell his name) is beginning to flex his political will a little, standing up to the U.S. in such things as a the timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal and so forth, the presence of the U.S. in Iraq is too great for a fair trial I think.

Let’s declare this trial a mistrial, put a stop to his other trials, and wait until the Americans have as little people and presence in the country, and then try him again, with UN observers to make sure all is fair. However, these observers would have to be from some other country than Britain and the United States, so as to ensure as much fairness as possible.

Just my two cents,

Cheers!!!

November 10, 2006 at 12:22 pm
(18) Tom says:

First, does anyone really believe Hussein didn’t use weapons of mass destruction to kill hundreds if not thousands of Kurds? How could the trial be unfair when he did it?
Second, for those of you that want to put Bush in the same catagory as Hussein – I suggest you also indict and throw into jail all the Democrats who supported the war. Fair is fair.
Third, to equate what Hussein did to what the US is doing is the type of moral thinking that shows you are lacking in understanding of the US military.

November 10, 2006 at 12:27 pm
(19) Turbo says:

A trial can only be fair if it is impartial for the person, irregardless if that person did what he was accused of or not. That means that the trial has to have an impartial judge and jury (that might be difficult to nigh on impossible in Saddam’s trial) free from a preconceived bias or political agenda. While this is impossible for high profile cases, such as this one, it is necessary that it be as close to impartial as possible.

November 10, 2006 at 4:19 pm
(20) Kelly Graham says:

Yes. SAdaddam Hussein should hang for his crimes. Just as many of the of the leaders of NAZI Gemany and the Japanese military were hung after World War 2. Planning and executing offensive warfare should equal the taking of innocent blood! And Saddam all but formally declared war on the
Kurds and Shia of Iraq. And, how else can one pay for the spilling of innocent blood?

November 10, 2006 at 4:58 pm
(21) David Foster says:

NO.

Apart from anything else it would/will result in even more names of coalition soldiers to be remembered at this time next year; or is that OK because they are making a willing sacrifice to make the world a safer place?

Who needs another martyr to inspire fanatics or to justify retribution?

November 10, 2006 at 6:23 pm
(22) Megan Romer says:

I’m personally anti-death penalty, and, like David, I can’t see how making him a martyr is going to help anything or anyone. Also, it’s not like hanging him is some sort of deterrent… do you think Kim Jong Il is going to suddenly say “Uh-oh… they executed him… I’d better chill out or they’re gonna execute me, too!” Unlikely.

And as for showing the execution on live TV, that’s absolutely twisted. It’s a very sick society if people feel like watching someone die is their “right” or is somehow necessary for closure.

November 10, 2006 at 6:40 pm
(23) Mary D says:

Saddam should not be hanged because
1 the death penalty achieves little;
2 he may not have had a fair trial;
3 hanging him may make him a martyr; and
4 despite the frightful way he did it, he kept the peace in Iraq, which disappeared when he did.

November 10, 2006 at 8:51 pm
(24) Jonathan says:

Should he hang? Is the sky blue? is the Pope Catholic?
Yes, he should hang high – I could look him in the eye while I kick the chair out from under under him (it would be such a travesty, though, if the scratchy rope caused him any discomfort…).

November 11, 2006 at 1:03 am
(25) Linda says:

I agree with Mike. #12 on your list of comments, but I do have this to add,let us refer to the Bible, Matthew 26:52,and Ephesians6:12.

November 11, 2006 at 5:42 am
(26) dude says:

i think that it is wrong that he be hung. basically our government is getting away with murder. If it is murder to take ones life then that is what we r doing. I feel he should have the death sentence but not on live t.v. for the sake of children and the soldiers who have seen first hand what this war is about.

November 11, 2006 at 7:05 am
(27) Expressive Child says:

I don’t think it is right. America shouldn’t even have stick their nose on Iraq’s affairs in the very first place. I am not a supporter of Saddam, but I feel like the US is taking justice in their own hands when it is not their right after all. It only shows that US is the true dictator indeed.

November 11, 2006 at 5:10 pm
(28) Helena says:

Hang the sick mother [CENCORED].

I explain my reasoning in my blog:
http://gopsxe70.blogspot.com/

November 11, 2006 at 6:52 pm
(29) Ben says:

One crime does not justify another. We have no right to kill another human being. In this day and age, it is not necessary to kill Saddam to protect innocent people from his evil acts.

November 11, 2006 at 7:46 pm
(30) Roger W. says:

I’d much rather see Bin-Laden stretching the rope, however Saddam will not, and never will be, missed.

November 12, 2006 at 12:00 am
(31) prescott says:

Christopher Hitchens has a compelling argument about why Saddam shouldn’t get the death penalty over on Slate.

November 12, 2006 at 8:03 am
(32) Kathleen says:

I would rather see him in a cold dank cell eating stale old bread and drinking water. He somehow thinks that he will be glorified by receiving and actually getting the death sentence. I don’t know if hanging him is ever going to make up for the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives. On the other hand, he is not remorseful for his evil deeds and he never will be. Realizing that no punishment will ever redeem the man I think that it probably is a good thing to hang him in front of all the people of Iraq. It would put other would be murderers on notice that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in Iraq.

November 12, 2006 at 12:55 pm
(33) Pierre Leclerc says:

If you hang Saddam Hussein, you should also hang George W. Bush and Ehud Olmert

November 14, 2006 at 6:22 am
(34) Kathleen says:

I can’t believe that anyone would applaud him for keeping the peace in Iraq. How did he do that? He killed hundreds of thousands of people who were then buried in mass graves. It is easy to keep the “peace” by murdering anyone who disagrees with you. Then all you have left is those who follow your ideals. No one is left to disagree with your policies. Thank God we live in the USA where that does not happen. Boy would it be peaceful around here if everytime someone disagreed with the president they would be murdered in cold blood! Peace? At what cost?

November 14, 2006 at 8:17 am
(35) Kee Siccama says:

Of course not.
Only countries with shallow human rights hang people. For instance China and the US.

November 15, 2006 at 3:21 pm
(36) yolandi willems says:

i do not believe he should be hanged. murder is murder it does not matter who commits it or for what reason. he might not be the person with the most morals, but we are not qualified to judge especially these days. i also do not think george bush and his cronies are in any way fit topoint fingers!!!!!

November 15, 2006 at 5:24 pm
(37) Daryl says:

He should definitely be hanged. The do-gooders who think capital punishment doesn’t work need to consider how many years it takes us to hang somebody. If it came quickly and more often, it would be a much better deterent to crime.

November 15, 2006 at 7:22 pm
(38) Colleen says:

No….There is no justice in this situation… We have a president and his father who think they can bully every country with sending the troops to do their dirty little wars. This one for oil. Wake up! Iran and the other countries are getting sick of the murderous greedy Americans who claim to be Christians (American Indians can affirm this)and so am I! an American with roots to the Declaration of Independence..Killing is not justified “Thou shall not kill” for all the Christians who are livid..”Love your neighbor”…Government”RICH MEN WHO WE ELECTED MAYBE” get out of other country’s business & start paying attention to home. Impeach Bush and let him now be tried for war crimes.

November 15, 2006 at 10:00 pm
(39) Roger W. says:

Hello Colleen!! Get real! So, they can cut off the heads of innocents and kill their own countrymen and women with suicide bombs? Could you survive 5 minutes in their midst? They hate us and will fight to the death. Who else will stop them?

November 15, 2006 at 10:07 pm
(40) Roger W. says:

And, I Forgot to add: Go over there with some flowers and leaflets (without 50 U.S. Marines backing you) and “persuade” them to spare their own….You have to put yourself on a hijacked passenger flight, heading for the World Trade Center, knowing you are going to die, because they believe in Allah and HATE you! Maybe it is about oil, but, think of it this way….NO OIL and our country will die, slowly, but surely. What would you do?

November 15, 2006 at 11:48 pm
(41) brent says:

Yes HANG HIM! and hang him on live tv..our country has suffered ..and lost tens of thousands of loved ones because of him..LET HIM SUFFER AND LET HIM SUFFER ON LIVE TV!

November 16, 2006 at 9:31 am
(42) Tiara says:

i believe that he should because he was killing our troops and the citizens of the united states for no reason. he is a horrible man and he deserves to be sent to the gallows or whatever they’re going to do to him. he killed one of my closest friends and it was devistating to hear that my best friend died in an wreck that he was partly responsible for. he is a follower and he needs to learn that if you something as serious as killing karma eventually shows up. “what goes around, comes around”

November 16, 2006 at 2:07 pm
(43) misty says:

yessssss he should be hung most definately. he is a sick and twisted individual that needs to fal lover dead. He has killed and tortured way too many people. he deserves to get what he gave to so many other people. if any body stands up for him u r stoooopid. thats pretty much just saying u wanna die!!

November 20, 2006 at 3:47 am
(44) Solomon says:

If you are going to put Saddam on trial then George Bush and Tony Blair should also be put on trial for war crimes. Both their countries together with Australia attacked a soverign country and killed innocent people. He who is without sin cast the first stone.

November 20, 2006 at 4:08 am
(45) Solomon says:

It amazes me how many self righteous and small minded and sick people there are out there in the world. Poorly educated to I would guess. Hanging someone is not the answer and never willbe. There are two sides to the story and it would appear that most people get the biased story. Saddam might have been a bad guy in some ways but who supplied him with the weapons to fight his wars and kill those who were trying to kill him. Ask George.

November 21, 2006 at 1:53 pm
(46) Benyi says:

For all the innocent people that are now dead because of him, I belive that he should be hanged of course, having no grudge on him, but that’s just wrong for a human being to kill a vast number of people and still not regreting it. I won’t enjoy seeing him hanged but I would be satisfied that one more of the lunatics is gone forever making people feel more safe than before. My opinon is from my way of thinking, but that’s all I can give, so I’m gone now..

November 26, 2006 at 6:51 am
(47) tahira ahmad says:

i will support saddam hussain against the judgement for him to be hanged even though he he killed many people in iraq. if i was to make this judgement the most iwould i would do is put him in jail for life.

December 1, 2006 at 8:06 pm
(48) zezima says:

no no do not kill him …………give him a sex transplant then send him to a prison for the rest of his life roflmao

December 28, 2006 at 7:43 pm
(49) Winston C. says:

Saddam Hussein should continue to serve in prison until all of his crimes against humanity are tried and judged. It is crucial in the acknowledgement of all constituencies who suffered under his reign for the past 27 years.

Though the urgency to some seems irrefutable, patience to allow a complete sentence to be assembled – though the specific act of execution will not likely change – will be viewed well by historians.

April 2, 2007 at 9:28 am
(50) the bomb.com says:

i dont give what u do w/ him.

July 13, 2008 at 9:47 am
(51) laden says:

Bush also tobe hanged. He is the only person

for to do crime to mankind.

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