06 November, 2006

Presse comment on Saddam verdict

The columnists have been giving their verdict on Saddam's sentence

Predictably, the Independent's resident sermoniser Robert Fisk is against; I think he would rather hang Bush.

In the Guardian, Max Hastings is against; readers of Hasting's otherwise splendid books will be familiar with Mr H in moralising mode.

In the Times, patrician William Rees-Mogg sits on the fence; in best colonial traditions, he is personally against hanging Saddam but thinks it better to leave the decision to the natives.

In the Daily Telegraph Janet Daley is for but, rather than pontificate on the matter, offers an interesting analysis of what the reactions to the verdict tell us about US and British societies.

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