Don’t hang Tariq Aziz: The best bed that a man can sleep on is peace

Filed in Current affairs, foreign affairs, US foreign policy by on October 27, 2010 2 Comments

Tariq Aziz, the charming former Iraqi foreign minister under Saddam Hussein, was sentenced to hanging for his role in killings under Saddam’s brutal regime. Mr. Aziz is 74 years old and the only Christian in Saddam Hussein’s regime.

While this man was sentenced by association, nothing proves that he’s innocent. He certainly agreed with Saddam in wrong doing. But Saddam, as the head of state, has paid the price of crimes committed during his regime. Why sentence an old man who is close to his natural death to die by hanging, if not because of the latest wikileaks news about the war and the atrocities committed by the Shiites under the US army?

If Iraq wants truly a national reconciliation between Sunni and Shiite, Christians and Muslims, its Shiite-led government should avoid the hanging of Mr. Aziz. Even the Vatican opposes the death penalty for Tariq Aziz.

As the Darod of Somalia say, “The best bed that a man can sleep on is peace.”

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