Iraq’s Legal Killings

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To the ever-lenthening list of violent ways in which Iraqi citizens are losing their lives, add “legitimate”, government-sponsored executions. Dozens of Iraqis convicted of murder and kidnapping have been hung in the past year, and “two or three more batches of 14 or 15 each” are slated for the noose in coming months, Time magazine reports. Those are just the ones the government acknowledges; according to an aide to the Prime Minister, there have been several sets of off-the-record hangings as well. Well, we wanted to give them a democracy just like ours, didn’t we?

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