I wasn't surprised to read this plea by westerners who believe that Tariq Aziz should not be executed.
However this part of the article did surprise me:
"During our conversation in 1999, we appealed to him [Aziz] for an end to the suffering which Saddam's regime brought to many people in Iraq. In particular we drew Mr Aziz's attention to the suffering of children in hospitals where medical equipment and medication were being withheld. We understood this equipment was in warehouses, not being released."
Saddam's regime withheld medical equipment and medication from Iraqi children? I guess I shouldn't be surprised. But I am! How evil does a human have to be to withhold medicine from dying children?