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12 January 2007


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Three deaths at Christmas
Parallels can hardly be drawn between the three disparate figures who met their deaths during the western festive season
  • Baby boomers who thrive on soul music mourned the passing of James Brown; old conservatives shed a tear for Gerald Ford, who used boredom as the salve to calm the nation after political scandal, and then there was Saddam
  • While Brown and Ford were awarded almost regal status – Brown was resplendent in his coffin on stage for his memorial concert and Ford lay in state in Washington, DC, – Saddam suffered the ultimate humiliation of a videoed execution
  • The world managed an almost dignified silence on this event, Saddam having been passed to his own countrymen for justice

  • Judy Kirby & Trish Carn

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    Phil Parratt, 11 January
    Saddam is dead, and there is a sense of ugly 'watching of a hanging' around the showing of the video on TV. Revenge is worthless to the eternal souls of them, but what have they lost, those who suffered; there is growth in forgiveness, and for many it must be years before forgiveness is possible; they are denied that chance of letting go of hate and fear together before an old man long past his despotic worst. And what if time had led Saddam himself to look back and see his victims as pitiable, to first hate that tyrant, and then forgive; we should all have learnt about ourselves something good instead of something bad.

    Phil Parratt


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