One more reason to condemn Saddam’s hanging

Or three, as if we needed more. From El Nuevo Diario, of Managua, Nicaragua, we get this incredibly sad item:

A 10-year-old boy of Guatemalan origins killed himself accidentally while imitating the hanging of Iraqi ex-leader Saddam Hussein after seeing images of the execution on television, the Houston Chronicle reported on Thursday.

The boy hanged himself on New Year’s Eve, by jumping off a bunk bed, a short time after viewing the images, according to the newspaper.


In Pakistan, a nine-year-old boy died on January 1 while re-enacting the hanging in a game.

With the help of his sister, 10, he attached a rope to a ceiling fan in his home and then hanged himself.

In eastern India, a 15-year-old girl hanged herself on Thursday, depressed by the execution of the ex-dictator, according to family and police.

“She said they had hanged a patriot. We didn’t take her seriously when she said she wanted to experience the pain Saddam Hussein felt during the execution,” the girl’s mother, Manmohan Karmakar, told Agence France-Presse via telephone from the city of Kharda.

Translation mine; link added.

How many more senseless tragedies will this madness reap?

Hat tip to Los Blogueros for the link.

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2 Responses to One more reason to condemn Saddam’s hanging

  1. Dana says:

    This is absolutely heart breaking! This is one sick world we live in where we glorify war and death and the innocent always get caught up in it and pay with their life one way or another. When is the human race going to stop this sickening cycle of violence?!!

  2. Bina says:

    I wish I knew the answer to that question. I guess the only thing I can do is take a bodhisattva vow–namely, to keep coming back to Earth until everyone is an enlightened, peaceful Buddha.

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