I oppose capital punishment, and consider its abolition a form of civilization, one that the US has not adopted. I had not realized that the Iraqi Kurds share my view, even for the man -- Saddam Hussein -- who brutalized them. Christopher Hitchens informs us that Iraq's President, a Kurd, will not sign death warrants, not for Hussein, and not even for the apprehended Islamic savages who attempted to assassinate him. I think there's something really special going in in Iraqi's Kurdistan.
"...it is impressive that [Kurdish] leaders are the ones most in favor of magnanimity. And these, by the way, are the people that every liberal in the world is currently arguing that we should desert."