Sunday, December 31, 2006

Saddam's Execution - Pak Lah Hopes There Won't Be Prolonged Violence In Iraq.

The execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein must not result in the prolonging of violence and misery that have caused so much suffering to the people of Iraq, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

"I fear that the sentencing and execution of Saddam Hussein will worsen the existing sectarian violence that has prevented any meaningful nation building or reconstruction from taking place," the prime minister said in a statement.

He said the people of Iraq should resolve to overcome differences which exist between them and begin to embark upon a new era of national reconciliation and national unity.

"In this regard, I hope that the present Iraqi government will be guided by the principles of justice and fairness in matters of governance, ensuring that all Iraqis are treated equally and with dignity," he said.

Foreign news agencies reported that Saddam was executed shortly after 6 am today in Baghdad for crimes against humanity. Last Tuesday, the Iraqi Appeals Court turned down his appeal.

Abdullah said Iraq had a history of greatness, stability and prosperity.

Thus, he said, the people of Iraq should be allowed to determine for themselves how they wish to bring back peace, stability and prosperity to their great country.

"The international community must assist the people of Iraq in all appropriate ways to enable them to achieve this objective and determine their own future," he said.

The prime minister said that any external interference and presence that contributes to the endless cycle of violence must end immediately, and urged the international community to bear its will on those who continue to refuse the Iraqi people true freedom.

"I pray for the people of Iraq and for peace and stability in Iraq," he said.(Bernama)

***** I'm sure that there are many who share the PM's feelings on this issue. How things will improve in the quagmire that is now Iraq will be the question that will occupy much of the world leadership in 2007. There are many many people who opine that an Iraq without Saddam has become a more dangerous place than it already is. What will become of this cradle of civilization?
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World Reaction To The Execution: US welcomes Saddam hanging, Europe opposes execution



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