It’s funny what a death sentence will do to a curmudgeonly and formerly defiant old ex-dictator.  From an AP article:

A somber Saddam Hussein called on Iraqis to forgive each other Tuesday when he returned to court two days after being sentenced to death for crimes against humanity in another case.

“I call on all Iraqis, Arabs and Kurds, to forgive, reconcile and shake hands,” Saddam said after respectfully challenging one witness’ testimony.

Saddam showed none of the bravado of Sunday, when he shouted “Long live the people and death to their enemies!” as another court sentenced him to the gallows for the deaths of nearly 150 Shiite Muslims following a 1982 assassination attempt against him in the town of Dujail.

Instead, he sat in stony silence Tuesday as Kurdish survivors told of being duped by promises of amnesty, only to watch their friends and family being shot by Iraqi government soldiers.

In the meantime, while Saddam works on that longed for reconciliation during his last days on earth, those ever so lofty Europeans continue to wring their hands over the wrongness of the death penalty, even when it’s applied to one of the world’s most vicious mass murderers.  Given the Europeans’ effete sensibilities, it’s not particularly surprising.  But even Tony Blair has joined in the chorus and that really doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Blair said that Britain opposed the death penalty “whether it’s Saddam or anyone else.”  How jolly well consistent of the Brits!  But how about a little nuanced thinking for this one special, particular case?

What I mean by that is, where’s the logic in objecting to the death sentence of a mass murderer whose ouster you were willing to go to war over, a war in which, no doubt, people would actually be killed, including innocent noncombatants?  At some point, shouldn’t Blair set aside the liberal, namby-pamby silliness, keep his mouth shut and let the young Iraqi justice system have its way with Saddam?  Sheesh!

Greg Strange provides conservative commentary with plenty of acerbic wit on the people, politics, events and absurdities of our time. See more at his website: http://www.greg-strange.com/

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