“His death must have been virtually instantaneous”…

…claims the BBC’s John Simpson. Yet “When cerebral circulation is severely compromised by any mechanism, arterial or venous, death occurs over four or more minutes from cerebral hypoxia, although the heart may continue to beat for some period after the brain is no longer resuscitatable. When death occurs in such a case is a matter of convention. In judicial hangings, death is pronounced at cardiac arrest, which may occur at times from several minutes up to 15 minutes or longer, after hanging. During suspension, once the prisoner has lapsed into unconsciousness, rippling movements of the body and limbs may occur for some time which are usually attributed to nervous and muscular reflexes. In Britain, it was normal to leave the body suspended for an hour to ensure death.” Hardly instantaneous. When someone I knew hanged themselves they were taken down fifteen minutes later and rushed to an intensive care unit where they stayed on a life support system for a week. The BBC, like the rest of the media, keeps publishing the picture of Saddam hanging over and over again. We have a seven year old in our house who loves to look over my shoulder when I’m on the net. What a lovely New Year picture for a child. Western society is turning into a voyeuristic consumer of the pornography of violence. Public executions are now the norm and nobody in authority seems to question the morality of all this. Too busy sunning themselves in Miami. “The grainy images, which appeared to have been taken on a mobile phone, disclose exchanges between Saddam and his tormentors, the moment when his body drops through the trapdoor, and his body swinging, eyes partly open and neck bent out of shape. In what Sunni Muslims will perceive as a further insult, the executioners released the trapdoor while the former dictator was in the middle of his prayers.” reports the Guardian and publishes said grainy picture. Journalism reaches a new low. Capital punishment is ethically wrong, even for dictators. Bad taste is becoming the norm.


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