A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Oh, Since That's So Important

Why don't they just come out and say it: they don't think Saddam is guilty of anything. Rather, the United States is guilty of everything. Saddam should be set free and America should burn.

A short drop and a sudden stop would be an excellent end for Saddam. That, or a firing squad with machine guns. Or perhaps a vat of hot oil. Perhaps the Iraqis should be polled. The questions could be like "In what way did Saddam's regime torture your relative? A. Feet-first through a meat grinder, B. Raped and tortured, C. Burned by hot oil, D. Other-Please Describe."

The Guardian: Saddam's trial will not be fair, says United Nations---

The UN said yesterday said that Saddam Hussein's trial would never satisfy international standards because of ongoing violence and flaws in Iraq's legal system
John Case, the UN's human rights chief in Iraq, said the murder of two defence lawyers, continued threats against judges, lawyers and witnesses and weaknesses in the Iraqi justice system had caused grave doubts about the trial's legitimacy.

"We're very anxious about the tribunal [trying Saddam]," he told Reuters in an interview. "The legitimacy of the tribunal needs to be examined. It has been seriously challenged in many quarters."
In Saddam's trial today the first prosecution witnesses to testify in person are expected to give evidence about the deaths of 148 Shia villagers following an assassination attempt against Saddam. So far the court has heard only videotaped testimony from a former intelligence chief who has since died from cancer. Saddam and seven of his former colleagues face the death penalty if found guilty of crimes against humanity. It is unclear how long the trial will last. The fitful progress so far has seen Saddam spend only six hours in court since the trial began on October 19.
It would have been better if Saddam had "tried to run" and been killed in his "escape attempt" when our military found him. Anyone who doesn't think he is as Guilty as Sin is obviously a good friend of his, Castro's, and every other murderous dictator on the planet. We don't need to justify sending him to his well-deserved home in Hell.

(Curtsy to Drudge.