The big news this week was of Saddam's final execution and of course the subsequent videos popping out to gratituously broadcast the event to our Instant Society. Normally such West-driven propaganda I ignore like the rest of the West-driven drivel, but this particular one really rackled my chain.
I present to you Charles Tan's essay on the Singapore Death Penalty, juxtaposed against the wonderfully humanitarian approach the US takes on the very same subject:
In it, Charles Tan eloquently regales against the barbarism of executions by hanging (or firing squad or other medieval methods like stoning) and how the United States is to be held up as the paragon of fairness and Justice.
I wonder if Saddam's execution slaps Charles Tan hard in the face like a salty wet fish on heat, since Saddam's heavily taunted and globally condemned execution by hanging, was formulated, motivated and finally applauded, by none other than the very nation he puts on a pedestal. Even hard-nosed and unwavering ally, the United Kingdom, eventually falters at the finish line, with lack of support and outright condemnation of the execution.
One could argue that the methods and courts presiding were Iraqi but that would be a weak challenge at best. At worst you'd be branded a simpleton.
5 Jan 2007
Spotted someone throwing down the gauntlet at Sintercom.