Monday, December 15, 2003

Hang Hussein?

Within moments of the announcement of the capture of Saddam Hussein, many began calling for his execution, by means of a "short drop and a sudden stop."

I cannot support this.

Firstly, while it may be good for propaganda, surely that need could be better served by offering Saddam a deal where he spills everything, such as where his WMDs are (and if he actually had them or was just talking trash), what he knows about al Qaeda, and possibly the location of Osama bin Laden. Afterwards, put him in the cell adjoining Manuel Noriega's, and be done with it. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, can you think of a person more in need of repentence and salvation? If we kill him, after he's already surrendered, we preclude the possibility of him being Saved. I don't like the man, but then, the Apostles didn't much care for Paul in the early days, either. He's an old man and will probably die within a few years anyway, but I believe that it is to everyone's benefit that he remain alive.

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