The Vatican and some Italian government officials have criticized the execution of Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity on the grounds that the death penalty is morally wrong.
Others, like President George W. Bush, say the justice dispensed to the former dictator was the result of a fair trial after years of Hussein's brutal rule. Executing Hussein is an important milestone in creating democracy in Iraq and working to defeat terrorism. What do you think?
The state has not only the right but the obligation to keep the peace. The state must not use more force than necessary to keep good order in society. As modern states become more organized and develop better penal systems, it becomes less necessary to use the death penalty. It is now easy to separate the violent criminal from society and prevent him from doing more damage to others. Iraq presents its own problems. Is it a modern country capable of keeping anyone in prison for life? Already, some high-profile criminals have escaped. Hussein in prison for life would probably provoke more kidnappings and threats to kill the captives in exchange for his release.