Shae McCaig (sheonamcc) wrote in first_amendment,
Shae McCaig

Actions speak louder than words

Today marks an important date in history, and the end of a dictator's reign of terror.

However, this is not necessarily the good news our collective governments portray it to be. The execution of Saddam has saddened me greatly. Not because I care for the man or what he stood for, but because basic human rights only truly exist if they are applied to all...including someone who has broken them. The test of a government's commitment to human rights is measured by the way it treats its worst offenders.

Today the world has demonstrated a deep-rooted barbarism which sadly underlies all human nature. This facet of our being is something I had always hoped humanity could one day learn to overcome, but the longer this "war on terror" continues the more I begin to lose faith in the cultural and cerebral evolution of our society. While I am extremely pacifist in my demeanor and take a great deal of care over the way which I think and conduct myself, it's obvious that most of the western world is far behind in their intellectual enlightenment. (Having said that, there has been some controversy over the subject of capital punishment following this morning's news)

If we let the past be past and put aside the numerous mistakes that have already been made with regard to Iraq and the "war on terror", we can still see that this most recent development is set to cause yet more sectarian violence. It will also further criminalize the west in the eyes of Saddam sympathizers, contributing to the view increasingly held by other countries that "the execution of Saddam Hussein is part of the American plan to disintegrate Iraq" (Liaquat Baluch, MMA Religious Alliance, Pakistan). Overall, it seems that the international community is not in favour of the hanging and questions the due process that took place.

And what of terrorism? What will happen now that Suddam Hussein has been disposed of? Lets take a look at a dictionary definition: ter·ror·ism (tĕr'ə-rĭz'əm) n. "The use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property for ideological or political reasons." George Bush, and indeed our own government, are by definition terrorists. This scares me. The "war on terror" isn't over's only just begun. We terrorists have demonstrated our malignant intentions and have no doubt inspired both fear and anger throughout the world. We can't expect to get away with this. Natural order always returns life to its balance and I fear our place within this balance.

There will be repercussions. Actions speak louder than words.
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You are not alone, that is for sure. I was almost blinded by my anger at what transpired in Iraq.

This is a little thing that I wrote here at my LJ and posted as a Bulletin on my MySpace:

United States Government: You disgust me.

Iraqi Government: Get yourselves out of the pocket of the United States if you want true democracy. The USA's government is nothing to look up to. Saddam Hussein has been executed and I am sickened and angry. Have we not put ourselves on Saddam's own level? How on earth can we possibly show that killing and genocide is wrong by ... KILLING?!?

Don't misunderstand me. Saddam Hussein was a monstrous man who killed thousands of his own countrymen. But what can we possibly gain by yet another senseless killing? Let him rot in prison. Don't martyr him! is saying that he died "a broken man, with fear in his eyes." Give me a fucking break. That's just our government's lame-ass attempt to try and quell the sectarian violence that WILL COME.

I don't understand people, I really don't. What in the HELL gives any of us the right to execute?

I'm just ... so mad and so sickened by my fellow humans I can't even see straight. Amnesty International is going to be getting a donation from me, and soon.

I am not going to go into this deeply, I don't think I have the patience for it. But I just have to say congratulations, new Iraqi government. You are no better than Saddam. Anyone with half a brain can understand that all you did by executing Saddam Hussein is martyr him and give Baathists and Sunnis something to rally around!

All that aside, think of the moral implications. Killing is killing, no matter what justification you can dream up for it. I don't believe that a true 'democracy' can ever be achieved while government-sanctioned murder takes place.

Let him rot in prison, and die as an old man without honor.

""The death penalty is the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights. By working towards the abolition of the death penalty worldwide, Amnesty International USA's Program to Abolish the Death Penalty looks to end the cycle of violence created by a system riddled with economic and racial bias and tainted by human error."

Very well said!

You're right about CNN. They were very wrong - the footage that was shown of him being taken to his place of death and having the noose placed around his neck showed him to be emotionaless and defiant until the end. A life sentence in solitary confinement is what he should have been given.

You should have seen the responses I had to this post on another group! (They apparently"don't give a damn".)