Wednesday, December 27, 2006

So it's back to the office for Steanso. Fortunately, most of my coworkers and the court staff are still out for the holidays, so hopefully nothing too grueling this week.
President Ford passed away yesterday. I don't really have much of an opinion on the man. His presidential years occurred when I was just a toddler, and I mostly heard about Ford through my parents, who seemed to speak of him pretty fondly. From what I have read of Ford, it sounds like he was a Republican who believed in moderation and bipartisanship, qualities which seem to be sadly lacking in today's political climate. Ford ascended to the presidency in the wake of Richard Nixon's resignation, and I would guess that he must have possessed some fairly strong leadership skills in order to have governed the country during that era (i.e., post Watergate and through the end of the Vietnam War). Anyway, it sounds like he was a pretty good guy, and that he led a full life.
And Saddam Hussein is apparently set to be executed. I know that Saddam was a bad man, and I would never really argue that he doesn't deserve to be executed (the guy was responsible for killing an awful ot of people), but maybe they should think twice before executing him, nonetheless. Executing Hussein is bound to set off another round of retaliatory violence, and it'll probably turn the man into a martyr. Then there's the whole paradox involved in killing a person in order to show the world that killing people is wrong, but whenever I bring up that argument I just get pegged as a silly hippie. Anyway, letting Hussein rot in jail (as opposed to excuting him) might be a good idea for a number of reasons. Still, I doubt that's going to happen. Somehow, despite my opposition to the idea of executing him, I can't work up a whole lot of sympathy for Saddam. The only thing that I am certain of is that the situation in Iraq isn't going to improve because of his execution. Maybe the families of his victims will feel some sense of justice when he dies, but I have a feeling that they're going to want more than one person to answer for Saddam's atrocities.
Well, I gotta run.
Hope you working Adventurers are hanging in there, and that those of you with this week off are enjoying yourselves.


AustinDefense said...

Ford always seemed like one of the good guys to me too. Then again, nobody’s perfect.


Anonymous said...

Yes, Karebear did like Gerald Ford a whole bunch. We were living in lower Michigan at the time that he lost the election to Jimmy Carter and I was very upset. Unfortunately, because I was upset I invited some friends over to help forget about the election only to find out they had voted for Jimmy Carter. Anyway Ford was a good guy and Betty has done a lot of good for the health of women through the way she dealt with her breast cancer and her addiction problelms. Karebear