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05 November 2006

Guilty: Saddam Hussein Sentenced To Swing ...

So, we see old Iraqi bogeyman Saddam Hussein's been found guilty of crimes against humanity. As everyone always knew he would be.

In spite of him having so many old friends in such powerful positions, and well placed to plead on his his behalf. It just goes to show you, eh? A friend in need -- can all too often turn out to be a real pain in the arse, eh?

And while we'll certainly shed no tears at seeing such a shit sorted out, we can't help but wonder why so many others of his ilk were never arrested, incarcerated and tried in a court in a likewise manner.

The others we wonder about are far too numerous to list but, many of them live much, much closer to home than Iraq.

Another thing we can't help but wonder about is the timing of the final findings. Just one more big coincidence, eh? An awful lot of 'em about lately ain't there?

After postponement aplenty, the day eventually decided upon turned out to be two days before the US mid term elections.

The elections set to be decided upon by Diebold (and other), electronic vote counting machines.

And, the elections about to take place without any exit polls being allowed.

It seems that fact really does turn out to be much stranger than fiction. Time after time, after time, after time ...

Well, doesn't it? Don't you think?

Here's a BBC news piece, though we're sure there'll be more than plenty more to follow. All of which will help ensure the US MSM will have an excellent excuse to relegate mere mid term elections - right on down to the bottom of the bill.

We think this BBC bit is worth a read too.

International resonance of Iraq verdict

Analysis By Paul Reynolds World affairs correspondent, BBC News website

The trial of Saddam Hussein was supposed to mark an important moment in a process of turning Iraq from dictatorship to the rule of law.

However, it might turn out to be just another event in the catalogue of chaos that has engulfed the country.

Its long-term importance might lie more in its effect on a growing body of international law trying to deal with government repressions.

Effect in Iraq uncertain ...

Uncertain? It's effect in Iraq?

Yeah, sure. We don't doubt it.

What about everywhere else?



Anonymous Rex said...

I know I'm not the only 'between the lines' reader here but did anyone else see what I saw here in the BBC analyst's piece? Anyone else thinking what I'm thinking? Does this BBC man about something afoot that we don't?

Its long-term importance might lie more in its effect on a growing body of international law trying to deal with government repressions.

2:17 pm  
Anonymous Charles said...

I have to agree with the UK Lib-Dem leader on this one.

Government hails Saddam verdict

Saddam trial verdict

The UK government has welcomed the conviction of the former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity by a Baghdad court.
Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett, said all the defendants were being held to account for their crimes.

Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague said the verdict should be "respected".

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell warned that executing the former leader could make him a martyr and he should be imprisoned for life.

2:25 pm  
Anonymous whoever said...

While everyone's in the mood for related links, how about this from Hans Blix a few days back.

(snip)Last week, Hans Blix, the former United Nations chief weapons inspector who headed the UN weapons inspection team in the run-up to Iraq war three years ago, described the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq as a "pure failure" that made conditions in the country worse off than under the rule of Saddam Hussein.

Speaking to the Danish newspaper Politiken, Blix attacked the Bush administration saying it ended up in a situation in which neither staying nor leaving Iraq were good options.

"Iraq is a pure failure," The Associated Press quoted Blix as saying. "If the Americans pull out, there is a risk that they will leave a country in civil war. At the same time, it doesn't seem that the United States can help to stabilise the situation by staying there."

According to Blix, the situation would have been better if the U.S. didn’t launch the war in the first place.

"Saddam would still have been sitting in office. Okay, that is negative and it would not have been joyful for the Iraqi people. But what we have gotten is undoubtedly worse,"
he added.

More @ this link.

2:49 pm  
Blogger bootlian said...

I'll go along with everything everyone else here has said.

And I can't help but think how many less Iraqi AND American AND British AND other people would not have had to die and suffer if ... only ... the US administration had concentrated on getting Osama -- the man resposible for 9/11.

People tend to forget (or not admit) that Iraq had absolutely no part in the terrible event that allowed BushCo to embark on this (well planned in advance, by the Neocons), illegal invasion and occupation of a sovereign state.

No matter HOW bad Saddam was, he never caused death or suffering on anywhere near the same scale that the US & UK 'war crime against humanity' has -- and continues to.

5:15 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What's "humanity"?

Sure are some pretty selective definitions knocking around if you ask me.

Obviously, none of those killed by the forces of the US, UK and Israel are considered worth of being included in "humanity" then. Innocent women and children inclded.


Sure Saddam should swing, but so should a helluva lot of others.

5:46 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Dead men tell no tales

8:22 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Billmon has been doing some "reading between the lines", too, Rex. And I don't think it is unconnected.

Another brick in the set-up wall that will leave no one to tell uncomfortable tales.

I think we should be careful what we cheer for for political reasons as well as in my case for spiritual reasons.
Needless to say, I agree wholeheartedly with MFI's take on this

8:51 pm  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

I agree with all that is said here.

Eerie how all these dots are not connected, as if Saddam is a stand-alone case and was the purpose of this shameless illegal invasion of a sovereign country. History corruption rampant (we don't torture, I didn't say stay the course, et al) and the incredible crimes against humanity by the terrorists-in-chief, Bushling-Bliar have fallen through the cracks.

Meanwhile Osama chuckles quietly in his gold-encrusted "cave" as all he has dreamed and planned comes to pass.

..and no exit polls allowed in the empirical 'selections' on November 8th.

Would you like an Iranian dessert with your Iraqi steak, sir?

9:14 pm  
Anonymous m.j.r. said...

Two things to think about.

"Let him that is without sin cast the first stone."

Comprendo, so-called Christians?

"Vegeance is MINE," sayeth The Lord.

Comprendo, so called Christians? ,HIS -- NOT yours, not mine, not any man's or woman's.

(Btw, I refer only to all the so-called Christians (mainly American) -- who talk the talk -- NOT any REAL Christians who actually LIVE a true Christian life.

As for myself on this one? It's one of those occasiions I really do have to work extra hard and do my very best NOT to switch (even momentarily) from 'real' to 'so-called'.

9:44 pm  
Anonymous kiwi said...

Killing Saddam won't bring anyone else back. Nor would stringing him up a million times. And as Hans Blix has said, a lot more of the dead since the US&UK invasion\occupation catostrophy would still be alive. And don't forget that there are still God knows how many others going to die, who otherwise would have lived.

Violence begets violence. Always did and always will. What does or will it take to teach some idiots that?

10:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where does Pinochet figure in all of this?
And of course all the other South American dictators who were quite happy to subjugate and murder the citizens of their own countries, under the watchful and guiding eye of the CIA.
And let's not forget Africa and SE Asia too.

9:54 am  
Blogger Richard said...

I've been awol again. But I'm back. Thanks, all -- again.

11:53 pm  

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