Monday, January 01, 2007

The shame of punishment as pornography

"Once we decided Saddam was a 'monster' – a monster whom, let's not forget, the West for a long time supported in full knowledge of the nature of his regime – we gave ourselves permission to indulge the basest, most voyeuristic atavism. Cloaked in this murderous sanctimony, we join as one with the crowds who gather weekly in Teheran to enjoy watching criminals swing from a crane." —Sam Leith

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