Tareq Aziz Sentenced to Death

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Aziz sentenced to hang - The Irish Times - Tue, Oct 26, 2010

Perhaps not at all surprising but my personal opinion is that the death penalty is wrong.
Even for mass murderers. And there is a big whif of political vengeance off this one.


(But it's easy for me to say as someone who has not been affected by murder. thankfully.)
 
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Gorgeous George will be sad:

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzWWhar_OQM]YouTube - Galloway admits he was a friend of Tariq Aziz (Saddam's Second in Command)[/ame]

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Its a politically motivated decision, basically he was a career diplomat and was not part of Sadamms inner circle and no had power base as a result of being a christian in a sunni muslim dominated government. An example of victors justice while Mr Blair is strutting around the globe as a peace envoy for the Middle East, you would not want to be cynical.
 

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Gorgeous George will be sad:
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Thats hilarious. Aziz was a "Dear friend" but not a "dear dear friend". :rolleyes:

I wonder how many Iraqis would admit to being 'friends', "dear" or otherwise with Galloway now? He spent his time licking up to Saddam and now flirts with the proxies of Saddams sworn enemies. George Galloway is the Eoghan Harris of Middle Eastern politics. I wonder if he will issue a statement of condolence at the demise of his "Dear friend", if only for the sake of his "dear friends" family, or is friendship with George galloway not with the hot air its bathed in?
 
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Its a politically motivated decision, basically he was a career diplomat and was not part of Sadamms inner circle and no had power base as a result of being a christian in a sunni muslim dominated government. An example of victors justice while Mr Blair is strutting around the globe as a peace envoy for the Middle East, you would not want to be cynical.
Well it does look like Iran, its Iraqi proxies and their Sunni Islamist counter parts have their revenge as he was found guilty of prosecuting Iraqs 'Islamic' parties. Muqtada al-Sadr will be rolling about laughing, his fathers assasination now being avenged. Or did your cynicism stop short of Iraqs new political reality?
 

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he was found guilty of prosecuting Iraqs 'Islamic' parties.
Exactly. I don't see how trying to enforce secularism warrants the death penalty.
 

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His execution will solve little - the behaviour of the Shia dominated government in the last few years has sadly been poor
 

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Exactly. I don't see how trying to enforce secularism warrants the death penalty.
Crossing the road does not warrent the death penalty either, but if you stab someone to death while doing it, that would be a different offence. I would also point out that 'secular' Saddam also added a verse from the Koran to the Iraqi flag. The Baathist regime was not shy of using Islam for its own ends. The ends in the case of the Iraqi Baathist Party did not match the means often deployed.
 

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His execution will solve little - the behaviour of the Shia dominated government in the last few years has sadly been poor
Was it really any better or worse than the Sunni dominated government that preceeded it? In truth no matter how bad it is, it is in fact better. Secular parties and Sunni groups are tolerated and share power. Some Shia parties are in fasct in opposition. Power itself rests with the electorate.

There is a complex argument behind this. For instance take Iran. Many senior Shia clerics are in favour of removing religon from political representation all together. If that happened Ahmedinjad might be the de facto ruler of Iran. Without the blessing of the Ayotollah its hard to say. But whatever the outcome it would be democratic. Better government or worse though?
 

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Well it does look like Iran, its Iraqi proxies and their Sunni Islamist counter parts have their revenge as he was found guilty of prosecuting Iraqs 'Islamic' parties. Muqtada al-Sadr will be rolling about laughing, his fathers assasination now being avenged. Or did your cynicism stop short of Iraqs new political reality?
He is the main high profile Christian and the Jihadis cannot tolerate high profile infidels. Christians are being cleansed from Iraq by the new time and Aziz's execution is another large hint for them to leave.
 

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He is the main high profile Christian and the Jihadis cannot tolerate high profile infidels. Christians are being cleansed from Iraq by the new time and Aziz's execution is another large hint for them to leave.
I suspect you are at least partly right
 

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This is a crude message not just to the Christian community but to all the other minorities that made up the Iraq mosaic before Bush’s hooligans kicked in the door. At least a half a million Christians have fled Iraq in the last few years. They have been kidnapped, shot at and driven out of their homes and had their churches and businesses destroyed. Neither the Americans nor the Iraqi government have lifted a finger to prevent this ethnic cleansing, just as they did nothing to stop the torture and murder of prisoners, as revealed in the Wikileaks documents of just a few days ago. Instead they vindictively sentence a sick, elderly man to be hanged. It’s nothing but a political smokescreen to distract attention from their own crimes and human rights abuses.
 

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Aziz was found guilty of “eliminating religious parties”, which is not the sort of 'secularism' I'd want to see in this country.
 

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It shouldn't matter what his religion was, he was still a vile scumbag. No one should shed any tears for his passing.
 

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It shouldn't matter what his religion was, he was still a vile scumbag. No one should shed any tears for his passing.
Left Wing gob shi te Jon Snow tweeted that he was a 'nice guy' caught in a sticky
situation and not helped by the Bush warmongers!!!:lol:

Joseph Goebbels - bloody nice guy in a bad situation. Not helped by the bullying of Churchill/Roosevelt.:rolleyes:

Pol Pot, lovely chap, did a lot for organic farming in Cambodia. Not helped by Kissinger/Nixon's warmongering.:p
 


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