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a postmodern hanging?

Friday, 29 December 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

I cannot help but mention Hussein’s imminent death via hanging.  And while the blogging format may not reach the catacombs of the various governments monitoring opinions, I am obliged to reflect upon the future of what I am calling on the one hand simply unbelievable and on the other a “postmodern hanging.”

My standpoint is this:  I am not an advocate of capital punishment, and I am not convinced that hanging Mr. Hussein will yield any real sort of meaning.  What is the telos of his death?

And so, I must publish an entry of questions and opinions.

Violence, we are learning, is not an answer for peacefulness.  Interrogation, war, and hatred are  all seeds that have brought us all to this point.  We all hate the fact that Mr. Hussein torched so many people, mistreated his country, and continued to perpetuate violence against women and men and children. But, do we hate Mr. Hussein?  Even if we do hate Mr. Hussein, will his hanging give us some sense of resolution or peace?  Can there be resolution or peace at the expense of a human life?  Where is the restoration of humanity for the good of all persons?

If there is goodness that indeed exists, then to what end do we pursue this goodness?  And, is it even attainable?  I’m not convinced that the imminent hanging of Mr. Hussein embodies any sort of goodness.  And so, are we deepening the sins of modernity with our [that is, the world’s ideas and involvement] pursuit of the captial sentencing and pending capital punishment of Mr. Hussein?

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  1. Saturday, 30 December 2006 at 10:25 am

    The death of Saddam will not bring peace. The way of hatred and revenge is not the way of Peace that Jesus taught us. We have fallen from the mark.

  2. Saturday, 30 December 2006 at 5:25 pm

    I agree w/ you Monk-in-Training! The execution of Saddam WILL NOT bring peace. No sort of retributive or violent act will help “settle the middle East.” Today is a day of mourning–mourning the death of a dictator who was made some grave decisions; mourning the deaths of those who died at the hands of this dictator; and mourning the sadness that the 1st world leaders [of the U.S.] are not held accountable for the ways in which they invade, persecute, and/or kill their own and foreigners all in the name of “protection” and “safety.”

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