You can watch the complete video of Saddam’s execution here. And by complete I do mean that you can watch the actual hanging.
I’m posting this because I believe that if a society allows it to happen, they should be able to watch it.
No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
From this story:
Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) is under fire for a virulently anti-Muslim letter sent to constituents earlier this month. In the letter, Goode says, “I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States” if we do not adopt “strict immigration policies.” He references the election of Muslim Rep.-elect Keith Ellison (D-MN), and warns “American citizens” to “wake up” or “there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office.”
Evidently, he refuses to apologize for said remark. I don’t really know if an apology would mean anything anyway – if it is not sincere. I also don’t think that Muslims in the united states is what we need to worry about; what scares me is the number of close minded bigots.
We do not die because we have to die; we die because one day, and not so long ago, our consciousness was forced to deem it necessary.
The New York Times has a story about Mr. Vance, who was an American citizen being held at the high security detention facility in Baghdad.
The fluorescent lights in his cell were never turned off, he said. At most hours, heavy metal or country music blared in the corridor. He said he was rousted at random times without explanation and made to stand in his cell. Even lying down, he said, he was kept from covering his face to block out the light, noise and cold. And when he was released after 97 days he was exhausted, depressed and scared.
Provided Mr. Vance’s allegations are true, this goes to show that things have not improved since the Abu Ghraib scandal.
Mr. Vance plans to sue Mr. Rumsfeld for violation of his civil liberties.
At Abu Ghraib I was willing to say that it might very well be just a few bad apples – now I’m not so sure that the entire crop isn’t rotten.