Monday, April 11, 2005

Turning the Other Cheek?

New Iraqi President Opposes Death Penalty For Saddam

Iraq's new president, Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani, opposes the death penalty on general principles, not specifically in the case of Saddam Hussein. The Gulf Daily News reports that Talabani said he was among lawyers who signed an international petition against the death penalty.

Talabani is a more forgiving soul than The Dread Pundit Bluto, who would just as soon see Saddam eaten alive by hogs. Big, fat, snorting hogs.

As a practical matter, imprisoning Saddam would provide a rallying point for the so-called Iraqi insurgency. If Saddam is not put to death the ex-Ba'athist psychopaths and Islamist terrorists will agitate for his release with more beheadings and suicide bombings.

Talabani said that a pardon would be up to the presidential council, not him personally.