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Americans Want Saddam to Hang if Convicted
AP ^ | March 8 2006 | WILL LESTER

Posted on 03/08/2006 12:56:08 AM PST by jmc1969

WASHINGTON — Most people in the United States want Saddam Hussein to hang if he's convicted at his trial, a view not shared by some longtime American allies.

AP-Ipsos polling in eight other countries, where the death penalty mostly has been abolished, found that people there prefer that the former Iraqi leader spend the rest of his life in prison. The countries are Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, South Korea and Spain.

Similar, but less dramatic, disparities were found when U.S. attitudes were compared with the eight countries on whether Saddam is getting a fair trial and whether Iraqis are better off since he was driven from office in a U.S.-led invasion nearly three years ago.

Saddam, who was captured nine months after the invasion, and seven co-defendants are being tried on charges of carrying out torture, illegal arrests and executions. They face death by hanging if convicted.

Almost six in 10 in the U.S., 57 percent, said Saddam should be executed if he's convicted in the trial now in its fifth month in Baghdad.

"If he truly destroyed as many lives as they say he did, then he doesn't deserve to live," said Craig Larson, a military retiree who lives in Chesapeake, Va.

The death penalty has been abolished in seven of the nine countries polled. South Korea has talked about abolishing it. In the United States, where 1,012 have been executed over the past 28 years and at least 3,300 more are on death row, public support remains strong for state-sanctioned executions.

A study by Amnesty International found that more than nine of the 10 executions worldwide in 2004 were carried out in the United States, China, Iran and Vietnam.

Public support for sending Saddam to prison for life was strongest in Spain and Italy, where seven in 10 favored a life sentence over death. A similar sentiment was expressed in Germany, where residents are still sensitive to the violence of the Nazis and Adolph Hitler during World War II.

"I hope that (Saddam) will be not sentenced to death," said Giovanna Cippitello, sitting on a wall near the Pantheon in Rome.

In the United States, the survey found more than one-third favoring life in prison for Saddam if he is convicted.

"I am not one for putting people to death," said Molly Gearin of Bullhead City, Ariz. "I'm not God."

The poll found 73 percent of those surveyed in the United States saying Saddam is getting a fair trial.

Many in the other countries surveyed aren't so sure. A third or less of the people in Mexico, Spain and South Korea say Saddam is getting a fair trial. Less than half in France say he is getting a fair shake.

"The trial is not fair," said Evelyne Jacotot, 56, a seller of rare stamps in Paris.

The polling also found that two-thirds of the people in the U.S. were convinced that Iraqis are better off now than they were under Saddam a higher percentage than in the other countries polled.

People in Mexico, South Korea and Spain were far more inclined to say Iraqis are doing worse. In Germany and France two countries that strongly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq _ people were about evenly divided on that question.

Residents of Britain, Italy and Canada while not as optimistic as people in the United States _ were more likely to say Iraqis are better off now than they were under Saddam than to say they are "worse off." Britain and Italy have been among the strongest allies of U.S. Iraq policy.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: getarope

1 posted on 03/08/2006 12:56:10 AM PST by jmc1969
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To: jmc1969
He must die. To leave him alive would only serve the insurgency.

He is being tried in an Islamic court. The penalties are carried out in public.

Once the head of that snake is gone, no other can take it's place, and then maybe, just maybe the Iraqis can move on in development.

2 posted on 03/08/2006 1:00:30 AM PST by Pistolshot (Condi 2008.<------added January 2004. Remember you heard it here first)
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To: jmc1969

Leave a rope in the cell and subject him to 7 days of Bill and Hillary Clinton speeches and he will hang himself.


3 posted on 03/08/2006 1:01:58 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Pistolshot

Ditto... I can't wait for this trial to be over and wish those in charge would put it on a fast track. Sentencing and putting Saddam to death would bolster the Iraqis confidence that this bad guy will never have the opportunity to regain any power and they can close that brutal chapter forever.


4 posted on 03/08/2006 1:06:30 AM PST by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are familiar bedfellows)
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To: demkicker

I am more worried about the political process and making sure an Iranian tyrant doesn't become the new Saddam.


5 posted on 03/08/2006 1:11:22 AM PST by jmc1969
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To: Pistolshot
Hang him. Or shoot him. Or hang him and then shoot him.

I don't care, I just want him dead.

It sets a very good precedent. Torture and kill your own people and invade neighboring countries at your peril.

First we see Saddam hanged, then we do the House of Assad. Then we get those bastards in Iran.

L

6 posted on 03/08/2006 1:14:47 AM PST by Lurker (Cuz I got one hand in my pocket and the other one is slapping a hippy.)
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To: jmc1969
Americans Want Saddam to Hang if Convicted

or not convicted. Either way.

7 posted on 03/08/2006 1:16:16 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: jmc1969
He should hang by his wrists in a public square where Iraqis can do what they wish with him. If he is still alive after wards will just shoot him in the gut till he bleeds out or dies of an infection.
8 posted on 03/08/2006 1:16:41 AM PST by spikeytx86 (Beware the Democratic party has been over run by CRAB PEOPLE!)
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To: jmc1969

You'll get no argument from me. I was just commenting on the topic of this thread.


9 posted on 03/08/2006 1:20:26 AM PST by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are familiar bedfellows)
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To: Lurker

Wood chipper time. Would love the howls from the liberals too.


10 posted on 03/08/2006 1:25:36 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: jmc1969

ping


11 posted on 03/08/2006 2:46:47 AM PST by SR 50 (Larry)
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To: jmc1969

Country's going soft. Give him the last 15 minutes of BRAVEHEART.


12 posted on 03/08/2006 4:54:25 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: jmc1969

I don't want him hanged. I want him shredded like many of his victims.


13 posted on 03/08/2006 4:58:38 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: jmc1969

Mussolini is in the middle (4th from the left)

14 posted on 03/08/2006 4:59:00 AM PST by bondjamesbond (RICE '08)
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To: jmc1969

"Americans want Saddam to hang if convicted."

Not me. I want his limbs tied to four bulldozers, that will drive off toward the north, east, south and west as slowly as is possible until he is stretched to the breaking point and then turned of for the day while everyone goes home for the night. Then fire up the dozers the next day and continue the slow journey in all directions until Saddam has been subdivided.


15 posted on 03/08/2006 5:04:29 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell (Diversity is a means to end.ing our existance.)
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To: jmc1969

That's slightly inaccurate. Most of us want that snake to hang even if NOT convicted. Oh, and we want it to be videotaped and broadcast around the world.


16 posted on 03/08/2006 5:28:23 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: jmc1969

Tie him to the front of a car and see how fast he can run.


17 posted on 03/08/2006 6:05:24 AM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: Valin

It is so funny that the countries that do not want to see Saddam killed are the same ones who chose not to send troops.

In that case STFU.


18 posted on 03/08/2006 7:02:51 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (To Serve Man......It's a cookbook!)
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To: jmc1969
"I am not one for putting people to death," said Molly Gearin of Bullhead City, Ariz. "I'm not God."

Too bad the murderers don't see things the same way.

19 posted on 03/08/2006 8:18:04 AM PST by Christian4Bush (I'd much rather hunt with Dick Cheney than ride with Ted Kennedy.)
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To: jmc1969
I don't understand why they need this show trial anyway. Poor defendants on trial for murder in the US usually have a 1 or 2 day trial and then receive their sentence. They certainly have enough evidence from just one murder to kill him off. This sham has gone on much too long.

Would have sent a more powerful message to his followers to have stood him up against a wall at capture and executed him by firing squad. They would have respected that treatment.

20 posted on 03/08/2006 8:23:14 AM PST by AmusedBystander
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To: jmc1969

They should allow some of the victims' survivors to stone him to death. That would serve as some justice.


21 posted on 03/08/2006 8:51:59 AM PST by Canedawg (And then?)
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To: jmc1969
I'd say that in the case of this Moussaoui guy, we might want to go for life in prison with no possibility of parole, because he looks forward to being executed so he will be a martyr, and we don't want him to have that satisfaction.

But Saddam's different. Saddam doesn't welcome death, he runs and hides from it. It scares him. To him, death will not be a reward, it will be punishment. So hang him.

22 posted on 03/08/2006 9:34:57 AM PST by Kenton
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To: jmc1969

South Korea still has the death penalty.


23 posted on 03/08/2006 10:50:57 AM PST by Revenge of Sith
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To: jmc1969

This American doesn't care how Saddam dies as long as it's broadcast live around the world and the families of the people he slaughtered get a front row seat to watch it happen.


24 posted on 03/08/2006 11:36:38 AM PST by Right-Wing Champion (God Bless the USA)
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To: jmc1969

Should have just dropped a grenade in his spider hole when we had the chance.


25 posted on 03/08/2006 11:37:55 AM PST by Spruce (Keep your mitts off my wallet)
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To: jmc1969

hangin's too good fer 'im...
BURNIN's too good fer 'im...


26 posted on 03/08/2006 2:56:17 PM PST by King Prout (many accuse me of being overly literal... this would not be a problem if many were not under-precise)
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To: jmc1969

Put him in a Cell that is 5 foot X 5 foot with Helen Thomas for the rest of their lives. He will be begging for poison in a few days. LOL


27 posted on 03/08/2006 3:24:34 PM PST by fish hawk (TU)
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To: A CA Guy

Do you think it would really take 7 days? :-)


28 posted on 03/09/2006 2:48:57 AM PST by stockpirate (John Kerry & FBI files ==> http://www.freerepublic.com/~stockpirate/)
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To: jmc1969
"The trial is not fair," said Evelyne Jacotot, 56, a seller of rare stamps in Paris.

Gee, that's insightful. Thank you for being such an enlightening and edifying voice, Evelyne. Since you're a seller of rare stamps in Paris I feel I know you and can trust whatever passes for reasoning in that mostly empty space between your ears.

I tend to think Saddam escape justice by dying of old age. Possibly before the first trail is complete.

29 posted on 03/09/2006 5:44:57 AM PST by Duke Nukum (To thine own self be true...or relatively true. --Guy Caballero)
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To: jmc1969

¡Ayyyyyy, piñata!


30 posted on 03/09/2006 5:46:39 AM PST by RichInOC (SHAITAN: HOW ARE YOU SADDAM!! ALL YOUR SOUL ARE BELONG TO US. HA HA HA HA....)
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To: EQAndyBuzz




....silly me....I never knew Mexico was an ally of ours...


31 posted on 03/09/2006 1:46:44 PM PST by telstar1 (...peace is possible ONLY through precisely applied firepower...)
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To: stockpirate

Depends on how deaf at his age he is.


32 posted on 03/09/2006 4:03:24 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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