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January 07, 2007

Saddam's Co-Murderers To Be Executed "This Week"

The Iraqi government is sticking to its guns:

The Iraqi government has said that the executions of two senior associates of former leader Saddam Hussein, will take place some time during the week.

This is despite an appeal from the new UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, that they should not go ahead.

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the execution orders for Barzan al-Tikriti and Awad al-Bandar had been signed, and there was no way back.

Good for them.

Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, Saddam Hussein's intelligence chief, and Awad al-Bandar, a former chief judge, were convicted along with Saddam Hussein for their part in the killing of 148 Shia Muslims in the Iraqi village of Dujail in the 1980s.

Let them bitch and moan. I don't agree with strict anti-death penalty advocates, but I can understand their position most of the time. But some crimes are just too large. There's a point at which enlightened compassion turns into narcissistic, masturbatory self-congratulation, and crying over thugs like these is surely it.


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