Friday, December 29, 2006

Saddam Seeks U.S. Intervention

Update: A top Iraqi official said Saddam will be executed before 10 p.m. EST Friday.

William F. Buckley, Jr. has given us the go ahead to appreciate the execution.

But this is the point at which we are entitled to a measure of satisfaction precisely over what Saddam is going to experience. Even if it is prideful to take his life, it is something other than sinful to take satisfaction — pleasure, even — at its forfeit.

It was rumored, in 1946, that the hangman in Nuremberg adjusted the nooses of some of the condemned to magnify the pain of suffocation. Such sadism was not called for then and is not called for now. But if fornication is wrong, there is no denying that it can bring pleasure. The death of Saddam Hussein at rope's end brings a pleasure that is undeniable, and absolutely chaste in its provenance.


Saddam Hussein has asked a U.S. court to block his execution.

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