Saturday, December 30, 2006

The End...

The hanging of Saddam Hussein ended the life of one of the most brutal tyrants in recent history and negated the fiction that he himself maintained even as the gallows loomed — that he remained president of Iraq despite being toppled by the United States military and that his power and his palaces would be restored to him in time.
The despot, known as Saddam, had oppressed Iraq for more than 30 years, unleashing devastating regional wars and reducing his once promising, oil-rich nation to a claustrophobic police state.
For decades, it had seemed that his unflinching hold on Iraq would endure, particularly after he lasted through disastrous military adventures against first Iran and then Kuwait, where an American-led coalition routed his unexpectedly timid military in 1991.
His own conviction that he was destined by God to rule Iraq forever was such that he refused to accept that he would be overthrown in April 2003, even as American tanks penetrated the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in a war that has become a bitterly contentious, bloody occupation.
After eluding capture for eight months, Mr. Hussein became the American military’s High Value Detainee No. 1.(...)
“I didn’t say ‘former president,’ I said ‘president,’ and I have rights according to the Constitution, among them immunity from prosecution,” he growled from the docket. The outburst underscored the boundless egotism and self-delusion of a man who fostered such a fierce personality cult during the decades that he ran the Middle Eastern nation that joking about him or criticizing him in public could bring a death sentence. (...)
Ultimately, (...) Mr. Hussein held onto the ethos of a village peasant who believed that the strongman was everything. He was trying to be a tribal leader on a grand scale. (...)
By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
December 30, 2006

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am against I find that it they must not have hanged person did not have to alarm this fact in such a way.

Rui carvalho 11B n 23

4:24 pm  
Anonymous Cátia, 11ºD said...

In last Thursday, in philosophy, teacher propose us to do a debate about death of Saddam Hussein. Well, the opinions was very divergent, as such we do three groups: one against your death, one favour and other that wasn’t against your death but don’t agree with form that he was dead. I was in group against death of Saddam. We defend that death is a punishment too slight for who committed so much crimes. Furthermore, we think that Saddam don’t show any regret before your death, since judge to be acting correctly, because Muslims believe that if they act according the teachings of prophet, will be reward on the occasion of your death.
So, in the end, we said that Hussein should be convict to life imprisonment; however this could to bring more conflicts and conflicts…

6:07 pm  
Anonymous Celina, 11ºD said...

I am against death sentence, because we can not punish a murderer, doing the same thing. However, I must confess that I am not sorry. He does so many terrible things! Because of this I think that they should have a more severe punishment.

8:13 pm  
Anonymous Catarina Teixeira 11ºD said...

What rights we have to end up with someones life? None, I believe. There exist a lot of ways to punish someone, and Saddam Hussein obviously desearved to be punished, but why dying?
In their culture they believe that they will be rewarded for their actions. Would´'t those that convicted him doing him a favour?....
Other thing I believe is ridiculous is shoing the images of his death all around the world on public television... During the day!!!! When families are together watching TV! The consequences are already appearing. Several children have already commited suicide because they watched those images... It's a shame, what journalists do to get audiences....


I'm already wandering...Skipping to the subject, so,it's better to stop writting...
=D

9:58 pm  

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