Comments on Death Penalty for Saddam

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Saturday, December 30, 2006; 9:38 AM

-- Some comments on the execution of Saddam Hussein:

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"Saddam Hussein's execution comes at the end of a difficult year for the Iraqi people and for our troops. Bringing Saddam Hussein to justice will not end the violence in Iraq, but it is an important milestone on Iraq's course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain and defend itself, and be an ally in the war on terror." _ President Bush.

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"Saddam was treated with respect when he was alive and after his death. Saddam's execution was 100 percent Iraqi and the American side did not interfere." _ National Security adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie.

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"An execution is always tragic news, reason for sadness, even in the case of a person who is guilty of grave crimes." _The Rev. Federico Lombardi, spokesman for the Holy See.

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Saddam's execution punishes "a crime with another crime. ... The death penalty is not a natural death. And no one can give death, not even the state." _ Cardinal Renato Martino, Pope Benedict XVI's top prelate for justice issues.

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"The test of a government's commitment to human rights is measured by the way it treats its worst offenders. History will judge these actions harshly." _ Richard Dicker, director of Human Rights Watch's International Justice Program.

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