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"The central doctrine of Christianity, then, is not that God is a bastard. It is, in the words of the late Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe, that if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you."--Terry Eagleton

"It is impossible for me to say in my book one word about all that music has meant in my life. How then can I hope to be understood?--Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice."--Bryan Stevenson

Saturday, December 30, 2006

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on the death of Saddam Hussein:

“Saddam Hussein’s execution comes at the end of a difficult year for the Iraqi people and for our troops. Bringing Saddam Hussein to justice will not end the violence in Iraq, but it is an important milestone on Iraq’s course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain and defend itself, and be an ally in the war on terror.” - President Bush.
For Bush, "justice" = "kill bad guys." Nothing more; nothing less. After all, if we'd only been allowed to execute Moussauoi, justice would have been done again. Feh.

“An execution is always tragic news, reason for sadness, even in the case of a person who is guilty of grave crimes.” -The Rev. Federico Lombardi, spokesman for the Holy See.

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Saddam’s execution punishes “a crime with another crime. ... The death penalty is not a natural death. And no one can give death, not even the state.” - Cardinal Renato Martino, Pope Benedict XVI’s top prelate for justice issues.

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“The test of a government’s commitment to human rights is measured by the way it treats its worst offenders. History will judge these actions harshly.” - Richard Dicker, director of Human Rights Watch’s International Justice Program.
“The country is being plunged into violence and is essentially on the edge of large-scale civil conflict. The execution of Saddam Hussein may lead to the further aggravation of the military-political atmosphere and an increase in ethnic and religious tension.” - Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin.

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“This is an unfair verdict and if Saddam is executed or not ... he will remain a symbol and no one can delete it, neither the Iraqi government nor the Americans.” - Muhssin Ali Mohammed of Tikrit, Saddam’s hometown.

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“He got his last prayer. He got his last meal. I’m assuming he was probably able to talk to his family. And that’s something my husband didn’t get and something thousands of other soldiers didn’t get.” - Stephanie Dostie, whose husband, Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Christopher Dostie, was killed by an explosive device a year ago.

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“Given the crime blamed on Saddam, it is unfair if George Bush is not also put on an international tribunal. Saddam was executed for killings 148 people, Shiite Muslims, while Bush is responsible for the killing of about 600,000 Iraqis since the March 2003 invasion.” - Fauzan Al Anshori of the militant group of Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia.

"It will not increase our moral authority in the world. ... Saddam’s heinous crimes against humanity can never be diminished, but he was our ally while he was doing it. ... Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth will make us blind and disfigured. ... Saddam as a war trophy only deepens the catastrophe to which we are indelibly linked.” - the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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“It is not a great day for democracy and democrats. Barbarity has to be fought by other means than barbarity. There were other ways to punish the abominable acts of Saddam Hussein.” - Louis Michel, European Union commissioner for development and humanitarian aid.

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