boojumsnark25 wrote:but this whole thing is about how I don't believe in the death penalty for anyone.
perhaps you are simply a better (more decent) human being than myself and some others, but I wager that if any of us were flies on the wall for the rape, torture, and murder his special police forces carried out, or if any of us got to see the gassing of the Kurd or the mass graves of women and children our US soldiers discovered, you'd change your mind.
Someone that sick and sadistic no longer qualifies as a human being. I guess the real difference is that some of us believe there are those few people who are purely evil, no gray areas in between, pure evil, and are of the belief that evil has no place in this world. Yes, this line of thinking could be led down a slippery, but its not like Sadaam was even close to borderline, he had few if any threats to himself, and killed for pleasure, and committed the worst crime a human being could in genocide. Don't forget this is also the man who in the 90's was more than willing to use prisoners, civilian prisoners too, as human shields.
Maybe God would be tolerant enough to grant mercy and not kill him, but it is out of the respect for the lives he so brutally ended that I feel we need to guarantee he never harms another soul, and killing him is the only way to be certain.