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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Killing Saddam, the European Perspective

The international media have in recent years trumpeted the development of a wide and growing gulf in perception between Americans and Europeans. Reactions to the Saddam's execution show that on at least one issue -- the death penalty -- differences are real, but not so great as the media has suggested.

David Kaspars Mediankritik notes that an international poll conducted by le Monde showed that a majority of respondents in several European countries supported the execution of Saddam. So, opposition to the death penalty is not so absolute as is often claimed.

Read his analysis here.

And, since the US media are squeamish about showing the entire execution, you can see the whole thing, including the drop, at David's site.

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