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SADDAM

13 January 2007

Saddam Hussein has been hung. He's dead now; one of the biggest and last tyrant dictators of the 20th century. And in killing him, we've become not a grain better than he was.

Primal instincts inside us shout the same things that the old Testament tells us: an eye for an eye. If you kill someone, we'll kill you. The atrocities that Saddam set in motion certainly justify the ultimate penalty, according to those morals. At least, that's what those instincts tell us. But then we would be forgetting the one thing that makes us human: Choice. We have a choice. That's what makes us different from animals, who act only on instinct, unguided by morality.

Many people in this world have made the choice to kill Saddam. They said: yes, this is just. That makes them killers. I don't wish to patronise anyone, but I do hope I can point them to the fact that they have condoned MURDER. And it really is just that; barbaric murder. Does the fact that it was ordered by a court, a government, or any other body of authority change that it was a bloody killing? No. It doesn't. Unfortunately, we accept this as a truth. We think: oh, a band of judges have looked in some book of law and saw that you can kill someone and therefore it must be right. This is justice.

No. It is murder. Let's follow this line of logic. Was Saddam not the ruling authority in Iraq? Then, according to what you're saying, it was completely legitimate and just that he ordered a gas attack on some village for a failed assassination attempt, killing hundreds. No matter that it was completely out of proportion as retaliation: the government thought it was just and so your morals should have been satisfied & appeased.

If you say that it was right to murder Saddam Hussein, you've also said it was right for him to do all the things he did. Either that, or you're a barbarian who has not yet come to terms with his own humanity, listening to his primal instincts instead. So what are you? An ape-man or a fool who lets his morality be decided by bureaucrats? Murder is murder. There is no justification.

Roderick.