Newspapers in the Arab world warn that executing Saddam Hussein could lead to greater unrest in Iraq. Some commentators argue that he is more use alive.
Iraq under Saddam was stable when compared to the large-scale killings which have taken place since the US-led invasion, some say, and there is a call for current Iraqi leaders to be put on trial.
COMMENT IN PAN ARAB AL-QUDS AL-ARABI
He will go to the gallows with his head held high because he built a strong, united and non-sectarian Iraq. We urge honourable people such as [President Jalal] Talabani and [Prime Minister Nouri] Maliki and all those who practised all sorts of deceits against the people of Iraq to apologise and face the national courts of Iraq on charges of participating and legalising the killing of 665,000 and wounding five-fold this number. We also call for their prosecution for igniting the fire of civil war, sectarianism and ethnic cleansing.
HASSAN SHARBAL IN PAN ARAB AL-HAYAT
Executing Saddam is worse than the crimes he committed against his opponents... It is impossible to defend Saddam and to find reasons to be lenient with him. His crimes against his citizens were outrageous. He was a cruel and harsh dictator. He deserves to be punished.
His fate as a person is not important. We hoped that he would be prosecuted in an Iraq with democracy and the rule of law.
EDITORIAL IN PAN ARAB AL-QUDS AL-ARABI
US officials are making a new mistake more dangerous than any in the past. They think executing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will lead to calm in Iraq, but the exact opposite is likely to happen. The US Administration may gain more by keeping Saddam alive behind bars and using him as a bargaining card... to negotiate with the Baath party for the sake of calm.
EDITORIAL IN PAN ARAB AL-ARAB AL-ALAMIYAH
We urge parties, organisations, national and Islamic figures and official bodies in Arab countries to engage in a public, political and human rights action against the Maliki government's adventure - supported by the US and Iran - to execute Saddam. This is a political execution which will lead to violence. It is in the interests of the occupation and its agents, and Iran and its allies, for Saddam not to be executed, and for the crisis to be solved through serious dialogue.
TARIQ MASARWAH IN JORDAN'S AL-RA'Y
The US, UK and the ruling parties have so far not been able to provide Iraqis with a better Iraq than Saddam's! He remains a symbol for the failure of the occupation and its project.
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