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November 08, 2006

Hanging Saddam

Dear George:

Sentencing Saddam to hang may represent justice, but it does not make good political or strategic sense. The Sunni position that this was U.S. orchestrated,true or false,will continue to be believed.

Hanging Saddam will make him a martyr and a cause which will cost many American and Iraqi lives for years. Our U.S. Government should publicly urge the Iraqi Appellate Court to commute his sentence to life imprisonment.

He would thus soon fade as a cause and we will gain by urging justice tempered with mercy (although I personnally feel that life imprisonment is the harsher alternative). Have I an axe to grind? You bet. My career Navy grandson is on his 4th Middle East deployment and likely to see additional service there. I much prefer to see his commissioning that his funeral.

Many thanks for your kind attention.

Your strong supporter,

Richard
Age 78
Lawrenceville, GA

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  • At 11:13 PM, Blogger snowtrooperwesty said…

    I don't think it should be up to humans to take away the life of any other human, no matter how evil said person has been, nor how many lives they have taken.

    I have 100% full support of any soldiers over in iraq, yet i dont believe bush has any reason be in there. Many pointless deaths have occured, remembered, but pointless. This war did not have to be fought.

    War on terrorism is a joke, terrorists are never going to go away, and america is making new terrorists enemies everyday because of this war.

    But thats just one 15 year olds opinion.

     

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