Saddam Execution. Debra Saunders at the SF Chron quotes Richard Dicker of Human Rights Watch saying, "The test of a government's commitment to human rights is measured by the way it treats its worst offenders." So if you let a mass murderer off with no punishment at all, you have reached the highest plane of enlightenment? Saunders considers this "nonsense." Second the motion.
Death Penalty. United Nations representatives, expecting a statement condemning the death penalty after the execution of Saddam Hussein, were disappointed when the new Secretary General Ban Ki-moon suggested on Tuesday that the world should remember the dictator's victims and leave the decision about capital punishment to each individual nation, as reported by Maggie Farley in today's Los Angeles Times. This is very big news. A quick web search found 740 news stories reporting on the Secretary General's remarkable statement.
Drugs. The Mexican government is sending over 3,000 troops to Tijuana in an effort to stem the smuggling of cocaine into the United States, according to a story reported yesterday by Reuters. Last year, over 2,000 people died as drug cartels fought for control of key smuggling routes between Mexico and the U.S.
Crime. Violent crime was down 2.6% in Los Angeles last year, according to an Associated Press story by Greg Risling. While gang violence has reportedly increased, the overall crime rate had dropped every year since William Bratton was appointed Chief of Police in 2002, making LA among the safest big cities in the country.