Saturday, December 30, 2006

Ding dong the tyrant's gone: Revenge 1 - Justice 0

The WaPo reports:

"Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was hanged in the predawn hours of Saturday for crimes against humanity in the mass murder of Shiite men and boys in the 1980s, sent to the gallows by a government backed by the United States and led by Shiite Muslims who had been oppressed during his rule, Iraqi and American officials said."

In a statement W. said, Saddam got the "Kind of justice he denied the victims of his brutal regime. Fair trials were unimaginable under Saddam Hussein's tyrannical rule." Of course, the fact is that fair trials are still unimaginable in W.'s new Iraq. According to Amnesty International the tiral "Has been a shabby affair, marred by serious flaws that call into question the capacity of the tribunal, as currently established, to administer justice fairly, in conformity with international standards."

A Human Rights Watch report says: "The court's conduct, as documented in this report, reflects a basic lack of understanding of fundamental fair trial principles, and how to uphold them in the conduct of a relatively complex trial. The result is a trial that did not meet key fair trial standards. Under such circumstances, the soundness of the verdict is questionable."

But W. insists that: "It is a testament to the Iraqi people's resolve to move forward after decades of oppression that, despite his terrible crimes against his own people, Saddam Hussein received a fair trial. This would not have been possible without the Iraqi people's determination to create a society governed by the rule of law."

Yeah right! These days they seem just slightly more determined to get the hell out of the country. Waiting around for W. & Co. to create a society governed by the rule of law can get a person killed.

I thought the Dujail trial was supossed to be a practice run for the big trial for the gassing of the Kurds in Operation Anfal. I'm sure the families of the 100,000 Kurds who will now be denied justice for their loses are dancing in the streets.

Now that we've overthrown Saddam, disarmed him of those WMD which "intelligence leaves no doubt" he continued to "possess and conceal," and created a society governed by the rule of law that has successfully tried him and put him to death; why are we talking about a "surge" of new troops? I reread W.'s speech of March 18 2003 and I can't find the part where he says we'll take sides in a civil war.

Back then he said, "The only way to reduce the harm and duration of war is to apply the full force and might of our military." Maybe that's what's all this talk about surging is all about. He's finally getting around to putting enough troops into to get the job done.


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