Heaven or Hell?
My opinions about Saddam's executions has not changed from the moment I heard Saddam was hung, other than the surprise that they did do what these Iraqis claimed to do about Saddam's trial verdict. This is what I think: We are humans, we do not have supernatural powers. We are just people filled with basic kinds ofpassion of anger, revenge, saddness or happiness. Our ways of expressing emotions are limited and in many cases difficult to describe. There are times when I hear my Iraqi friends being so happy about his death and other times where I hear my other Iraqi AND non-iraqi friends who are deeply sad about his death (for loving him or for seeing the execution on public TV as a disgrace). It depends on how we evaluate this execution. Why are we happy about executing a man who kills people too? What good does it do for us to be happy about his execution? This is what we should think about.
Saying Saddam is going to hell will not make a difference to where he may actually go, it only eases our pain and our well-being. I regret hearing people say Saddam will go to hell. As Iraqis who suffered under his regime, we should not be taunting a man who has always been a murderer from childhood. Say what you like as an Iraqi from any ethnic and religious background but if we Iraqis like to seek the true meaning of Justice, we should not blindly turn this execution as revenge and calling him to hell. This is up to God or up to the will of the anonymously powerful being who will have the power to take him to a place he deserves to be in. Saddam was a man, a human with great sins, mistakes etc, he was not an animal because even if he was, even an animal whould be treated with respect and dignity aka animal rights.....we cannot say he will go to hell...we cannot say this man is a non-believer of God for 'surely' going to hell just coz we saw him do something from ill-manner.......we should remind our selves how human we are and incapable of wishing hell or heaven on somebody because it really is not beneficial. We cannot judge the after-life punishments (heaven or hell) but we can judge the current life punishments (death penalty, life imprisonment).......why are we making him out to be like a dog and thus punished this dog to death unfairly? If Saddam was let loose for the average Iraqi citizens to do what they want with Saddam 'as justice', Im sure that the Iraqis will commit exactly the same kinds of murder as Saddam committed against innocent Iraqis, Im sure they will kill him, drag him across the streets, make fun of him, cut him into pieces and then feed him to the chickens or send it in a plastic bag to his family's front door, just like Saddam did to innocent Iraqis. Is this the representing role model Iraqis want to set for the future Iraq with the new government? Is saying 'Saddam will burn in hell' a good role example for the world to use when people start saying 'Shia Iraqis will burn in hell for their kuffr (non-believing in God)?
Our uncontrolled hatred for Saddam is allowing us to have blood in our hands and this is not what we should really want for our supposedly NEW Iraq. As humans who seek Justice and not revenge, we should have no say to where he is going, all we know is he will be punished for what he deserves. We are forgetting the real purpose of executing Saddam and that is to remove the illness he caused upon Iraqis hoping that we can forget what we did and rule Iraq better than he could have ever done. This tarnishes the entire system of ruling Iraq differently than Saddam.