Regardless of the principled attitude to the death penalty, few mourn Saddam Hussein. If some people deserve to die, he did. Iraq's former dictator was responsible for hundreds of thousands of lives lost. With torture, sadism and ruthless brutality, he has secured an imitation of the most brutal despots of the last century. It was precisely this Ban Ki-moon emphasized on his first official day as UN Secretary-General, when he recalled the scale of Hussein's "heinous crimes and indescribable atrocities against his people". But he represented South Korea more than the UN view when he topped it all off with a statement that the issue of the death penalty is up to each country to decide.
Fortunately, the Secretary-General has better helpers than little grays, and his spokeswoman Michele Montas immediately stepped out to explain what Ki-moon really meant: The countries can pass the laws they want, but the UN is still opposed as an organization. . .
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