City of Roses
|As I've stated before, I am opposed to the death penalty, because I believe far beyond the obvious scope that it is just inhumane to an extent, it also just doesn't teach or resolve in the end.
By all means, I wish that our prison system could be reformed so that our tax payer dollars wouldn't go into ensuring luxuries for prisoners and simply go to incarcerating the worst criminals, which I absolutely agree with that argument, but I believe solitary confinement without parole is a more effective punishment where the one who commited the heinous crime is forced to live in anguish and grapple with the pity and pay the emotional, psychological price of his/her actions, and hope though you must continue to live the penalty, you can recognize your faults and actions and such.
The death penalty I believe just cancels out that process cynically; it's abrupt, and it's a lesson or anguish left unheard, unlearned.
Having said that, Hussein is NOT a man who listeners or hears, and has no shame for the war crimes he's committed, so I also believe there's no use arguing here, as indeed Hussein is a tyrant of the Earth who committed atrocious, monstrous acts on the civilian population, and I am certainly glad Saddam can never again harm another man, woman or child.
I guess I'm just mixed on this whole thing entirely; I'm glad everyone can rest assured he will never again shed the blood of the innocent, but also concerned that he died as a martyr, and am left with an uneasy feeling as well that because he died as a martyr, it's only going to encourage other extremist martyrs like himself to continue killing and torturing as he did!
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"