Thursday, January 04, 2007

Thoughts on a Hanging

I've been struggling the last few days with the proper response to the Hanging of Saddam Hussein.

He was a monster, there's no denying that. His crimes clearly meet even the most lenient definition of "atrocity". Yet I am opposed to the death penalty unless it is the only way in which society can protect itself. I don't think this qualified.

So...what to think?

Fleming Rutledge posted her thoughts on the Generous Orthodoxy blog and I think she's said it better than I ever could. You can read it here.