Daily Archives: January 3, 2007

Why I Won't Watch Sadaam's Hanging

I find it offensive and repugnant that so many websites are airing the video of Sadaam Hussein’s hanging.   Essentially, the video is a snuff film, watched for its excitement value. 

My disgust with this has nothing to do with the war, national or international politics, capital punishment, or any other subject of current interest.   I’m against the war and the death penalty.  But, I’m also against secret videotaping of an individual’s death throes, even an individual as bad as Sadaam.    

Why I Won’t Watch Sadaam’s Hanging

I find it offensive and repugnant that so many websites are airing the video of Sadaam Hussein’s hanging.   Essentially, the video is a snuff film, watched for its excitement value. 

My disgust with this has nothing to do with the war, national or international politics, capital punishment, or any other subject of current interest.   I’m against the war and the death penalty.  But, I’m also against secret videotaping of an individual’s death throes, even an individual as bad as Sadaam.    

Detroit Riots of 1967

On 23 July 1967 city police in Detroit, Michigan raided a liquor house at the corner of 12th and Clairmount in west Detroit, and arrested a few people for illegal alcohol consumption.  Thus began the second worst riot in our nation’s history.  The rioting went on for five days and resulted in 43 deaths, 467 injuries, more than 7,000 arrests, and over 2,000 buildings destroyed by fire.   Although the arrests of 23 July precipitated the violence, the underlying causes of the riot had been simmering for some time. Today, the corner is marked by a small park and sculpture.
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