Blair, the death penalty, and double effect

Stumbling and Mumbling hasn’t made it to the Slugger blogroll yet, but it’s only a matter of making the time. For anyone who heard Tony Blair stumble (16.45 in, Adam Boulton the interrogator) on the death penalty for Sadam Hussein, here is a reasonable explanation: double effect.

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  • Mick, this is just an appetiser for the Blair reaction to the outcome of the Lord Levy affair.

    In the spirit of the Brit soap, Police should storm Downing street, cuff Blair, lead him out in full view of the media and take him for questioning.

    Let him double effect that!

  • Mick, any thoughts on a Christmas Slugger auction, T-shirts, sweatshirts, etc?

    I am sure Fair Deal and the gang can muster some goodies together for the soon to be annual Slugger Festive auction.

    It would be a good time to collect funds, especially when Sluggers get home from the pub and may be in a giving mood.

    Gerry Adams getting the all-clear to fund raise in America again gave me the idea.

  • heck

    I am against the death penalty also–but isn’t there something appealing about hanging a leader who launches illegal wars and is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis?

  • Bemused

    “I am against the death penalty also–but isn’t there something appealing about hanging a leader who launches illegal wars and is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis?”

    A leader like Blair then?

  • Rory

    Heck articulates what so many are thinking.

    I do not share a modern liberal view on executing someone (one’s attitude to a naked man sporting an erection and armed with a knife while attempting to enter one’s child’s bedroom is a common example) but I am politically opposed to the legal sanction of the death penalty within a democracy. Indeed as a European citizen I would require that there be be no such sanction within any nation state seeking application to the European Union.

    What strikes me as particularly disturbing, is not so much Blair’s squirming hypocrisy, as the almost total failure of any vocal opposition to a show trial of a sovereign leader of a nation state invaded for bad ends. Comparisons with Nuremberg (itself a dubious legal fiasco albeit politically compelling) make one feel a deep sense of shame for those who make the comparison. This vile show is the first great shame of this new century and our complicity in allowing our rogue masters to stage it will be difficult to explain to those generations who follow.