The Salon II

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Good ol' Saddam

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Saddam denounces 'comedy' court

Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has begun his first formal defence at his trial for crimes against humanity by describing the court as a 'comedy'.

Saddam Hussein and seven co-accused are being prosecuted over the deaths of 148 people in the Shia village of Dujail following a 1982 assassination attempt.

Earlier, his half-brother and former spy chief, Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, denied any part in the deaths.

Previous trial sessions have been disrupted by defendants' protests.

Saddam Hussein appeared in court wearing a dark suit, without a tie."
Now does agreeing with Saddam - on this particular statement - make me a sympathizer? Because I am not, really, the guy is a primo-B. But it is true, this court has a feel of a gorilla court. A head of state, accused of crimes against humanity, will never be tried freely in his own country; it will be either overly stringent, or overly lenient. The 4 years of trial for Milosevic were every bit worth the wait and the money, if we want to even pretend to create a remotely harmonious society on this blue sphere of ours.

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