Monday, November 06, 2006

I Do Not Agree.

I don't agree with Saddam's death penalty. "No one has the power to take away another person's life."

This has been instilled, driven and pounded into me when I was still searching for my direction in life. As a youth, nothing beats stronger in your heart than a passionate cry. All the more so if that is a cry for World Peace and respect for that inner high sanctity of a human life. That, for all I know, has taken the form of a phrase quoted above.

I do not agree with what Saddam has done. However the US has done their part by keeping him alive when he had been captured days, weeks or even months before the announcement to the world. The sun has its dark-spots, and so has politics its very filthy side. The retaining of this war-hardened yet worn-out man, and waiting for the right timing to announce to the world, is nothing short of a shameful way for treating a war criminal.

When all cameras pointed to that one dirt hole where Saddam was so-called 'hurled out alive', the world exclaimed for victory. Of course the US government would want that to be their victory.

When the news for his death sentence was flashed across the CNA channel's news-strip, I couldn't help but felt for the man. What he has done may be condemnable, but to end his life in the name of 'justice' is all but a foolish move. "An eye for an eye would make the world goes blind", so said the great Mahatma Gandhi.

Incidentally I recalled the grevious atrocity committed by Nalini, one of the 26 assassins found guilty of killing Rajiv Gandhi, India's Prime Minister on 28 Jan 1998. It was Sonia Gandhi who strongly endorsed Nalini’s mercy petition to have her death sentence converted to life imprisonment, which amounts to 14 years in prison. Reason? She delivered a daughter Arithra in prison, whose father Murugan was also one of those convicted for the same sentence. Sonia accepted Nalini's petition that by proceeding with the death penalty, she would make Arithra an orphan. In addition she exchanged private letters with the killers, always monitoring what they have learnt in prison, and how was their study progress. How magnanimous that acceptance and action was! To not forget about what had happened, but looking forward and considering for your enemies' welfare, and forgave them for what they have inflicted on you. What greatness lies beneath that gentle Italian body now covered with Indian Sari!

I do not believe in killing someone to seek revenge. It's almost a similar torture for the perpetrator as much as for the victim to struggle to live on - retaining the killer's life and to serve a life imprisonment; to allow the aggressor to live on and come to face with his own guilt and pain. That road less traveled is more worthy in walking on, and coming to terms with one's own devil. Ultimately we all WILL come to realise we don't live forever, and will die someday. That simple thought would revert many many hatred and grudges buried deep in our hearts over the long course of time.

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