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Friday, December 29, 2006

They Hanged Him!

Saddam Hussein has been hanged. A few thoughts -

- Saddam is not the first dictator to be hanged, neither will he be the last. He did carry out genocides and so isn't exactly an innocent victim. Whether you agree or disagree with the death penalty is another matter altogether. I used to be very agnostic on the topic, but am lately leaning towards the "death penalty is wrong. full stop." line of thinking. But that is neither here nor there.

- Saddam's hanging is by no stretch of imagination an "insult to Muslims", "slap on the face of Muslims", "another attack on Islam" or anything.

- Will the Indian english language news channels stop saying "How are the Indian minorities reacting to this?" and instead say "How are the Indian muslims reacting to this?". I know it might be a tough point to grasp for them, but minorities does not equate only with muslims. Minorities aso include Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Jews and Pastafarians who really have no reason to react to Saddam's hanging any differently.

- Heard on IBN a while back - "By killing Saddam, America has ensured that his ideology will live for ever." What? Hang on. I mean WHAAAAAAAAAAT? What ideology?