Ding, dong, Saddam is dead . . . almost
Apparently, Saddam will shortly shuffle off this mortal coil. Although I am not filled with glee at this prospect, I must say I disagree with Cardinal Martino and other Catholics who believe this situation does not merit the death penalty. Saddam Hussein's crimes were an outrage against the whole people of Iraq and his staying alive does imperil civil society in that country. Even if it is unlikely he would return to power in the way he was before, he is still a rallying point for Baathists and Sunni insurgents. Although his death would create a certain amount of "martyrdom", it would also end his "cult of Saddam", which is still strong and exists as long as he lives. All in all, Saddam is one of those few cases that really does cry out for capital punishment. Justice must be tempered with mercy - but it is hardly merciful to the people of Iraq to allow Saddam to go on living.
Although the commenter at small dead animals who suggests "I'm for letting him live. In a cell. With one television. Tuned to the View. Until eternity", may have a point . . .