BSC Address

Monday, January 08, 2007


I am afraid I have to be controversial and it has nothing to do with theatre.

I did not find the hanging of Saddam Hussein deplorable. I did not think the conduct of the guards scandalous. I have been against capital punishment ever since seeing the documentary "Fourteen Days in May". But my view is that in certain cases, the earth is a better place without some people on it. I would include Mr Hussein in that catagory - and Mr Mugabe in the future.

I do not see any reason why a man as vicious as Mr Hussein has been for twenty four years deserves a dignified death. Whatever insults were thrown at him in his last moments, his death was painless, which cannot be said for the millions of people he slaughtered. I draw substantial comfort from the fact that this man is no longer on this planet.


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