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Wednesday, October 19

How Conveeeenient

Suddenly a Saddam Trial

With the bushistas under the gun in the media, Saddam is at his trial now with 7 of his "henchman". He is being tried for executing about 150 Shiite men and boys in 1982 in Dujail after an attempt was made on his life. The big news in the trial is that Saddam, when asked to identify himself to the court, asked the judge who he was and challenged the legitimacy of the court. If convicted, Saddam faces execution because this is not a world court, but probably a court quickly installed by the US occupiers. It is also being reported that many Iraqi's believe that Saddam should be executed 20 times over. I feel their pain. It is not being reported as to how many Iraqi's feel that the bushistas should face the same fate.

Update: The court has been adjourned until November 28th.

Let us not forget that this incident happened in 1982. In December 1983, Rumsfeld made nice with Saddam. Just 12 days after the meeting, on January 1, 1984, The Washington Post reported that the United States “in a shift in policy, has informed friendly Persian Gulf nations that the defeat of Iraq in the 3-year-old war with Iran would be ‘contrary to U.S. interests’ and has made several moves to prevent that result.” (link)

In 1988, Saddam’s forces attacked Kurdish civilians with poisonous gas from Iraqi helicopters and planes. U.S. intelligence sources told The LA Times in 1991, they “believe that the American-built helicopters were among those dropping the deadly bombs.”

In response to the gassing, sweeping sanctions were unanimously passed by the US Senate that would have denied Iraq access to most US technology. The measure was killed by the White House. (link)

There is no doubt that Saddam was a bad man, but this whole thing reeks.

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