Roger L. Simon

Death Penalty in Iraq

As one who (for the most part) opposes the death penalty I found myself saying “right on” to the news from Iraq today:

Iraq hanged 13 insurgents Thursday, marking the first time militants have been executed in the country since the U.S.-led invasion ousted Saddam Hussein nearly three years ago, the government said.

The Cabinet announcement listed the name of only one of those hanged, Shukair Farid, a former policeman in the northern city of Mosul, who allegedly confessed that he had worked with Syrian foreign fighters to enlist fellow Iraqis to carry out assassinations against police and civilians.

Who knows – maybe this will act as a deterrent to the collection of religious serial killers and unemployed fascist thugs still quaintly known as “insurgents” by the mainstream media. It’s certainly worth a try.