I was heading to bed last night when the news that Saddam had been executed came out. Of course, that was right at the top of today’s paper this morning. I feel ill thinking about it. Don’t get me wrong…this man did a lot of evil things, and it was a good thing to have him off the streets, unable to cause others harm. But once captured and incarcerated, what purpose does executing him serve? Research has shown that the death penalty does not provide an effective deterrent against other offenses.
What is it about us that needs to have revenge in order to move on? And will the death of this man truly help the Iraqi people to move on?
It occurred to me to reflect on some of the arguments by “Christians” in defense of things like the death penalty and violence against LGBT people. The Bible quotes proffered usually come from the Hebrew scripture, ignoring that in the Gospels, Jesus often says nothing or even says the opposite. (See Matthew 5:38-39 for the most obvious example.)
Anyway, that’s all that comes to mind today…just a sadness that so many seem to be rejoicing over the killing of this man.