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The nation that hangs together hangs together

By Roger Migently - posted Wednesday, 16 January 2008

The glorious lynching of Saddam was not meant to be “unprofessional”, and “disgusting”.

No, no!

According to Iraq’s National Security Adviser, the noted humanitarian, Mouwaffaq al-Rubaie: “This was supposed to be a uniting event between Shia and Sunni.”



What a wonderful opportunity this human sacrifice would have been for fellowship and reconciliation between the warring sects! How tragic that it was missed!

Sociologists and anthropologists are at a loss as to why the intended outcome was not realised, unless it was the Shia officials who were present with their cell-phones. If only the mobile-phone-toting hangmen hadn’t shouted and argued with Saddam, and taken video of his plummeting and dangling body and shared it with the world on YouTube.

A Shia-Sunni love-in would have been inevitable, the civil war would have been over and the Americans and their allies could have gone home.

A free Iraq and the future of a fragile democracy would have been assured.

An Iraqi official assured the world that despite the debacle of the execution - carried out at an American camp in Baghdad called “Camp Justice” - the execution itself had been carried out in accordance with Islamic law.


Just so.

Meanwhile the debate over the death penalty rages around the world. The American public, unmoved by public opinion in civilised countries - which sees them as among the last of the barbarians - now proudly keeps righteous company alongside the dwindling number of nations practising judicial murder, as Prime Minister Howard calls it:

Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Lesotho, Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Somaliland, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Syria, Yemen, Tajikistan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Belarus, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana.

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First published at Values Australia on January 4, 2007.

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About the Author

Roger Migently (Sir) was born - miraculously fully-grown - in September 2006 into a world in a frenzy of shameless political hijacking of "Australian values" by politicians who, at the same time, were trashing the real values like decency, generosity and compassion. Knowing he must stand up and do something Sir Roger sat down, created Values Australia - the website of the Department of Mateship and Fair Dinkum Australian Values - and blogged, sometimes with ridicule, sometimes seriously, but always truthfully (as he saw it). He has survived government legal threats and enjoyed the encouragement of many people he respects and admires. He frequently claims full credit for the defeat of the Howard government.

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