Monday, November 06, 2006

Hang Him High

It was announced yesterday that Saddam Hussein was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging.

Does anyone else find the timing of the announcement rather convenient? Since when does any court release their verdict and sentences on a Sunday, unless of course it is the Sunday before a congressional election where any good news out of Iraq could help Republicans. Maybe releasing the news the day before the election just seemed far too obvious, plus that wouldn’t give the president enough time to utilize the announcement for political purposes.

I think that Riverbend, author of the blog Baghdad Burning, summed up the situation the best.

The most ironic part of the ruling is that the crimes that Saddam was convicted of actually took place one year before the famous meeting of Saddam Hussein and Donald Rumsfeld.


xtrachromosomeconservative said...
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xtrachromosomeconservative said...

When your day of worship is Friday that does change the construction of your week. Sunday in Iraq is thus not that much different than Monday in New York. And if I recall correctly from my brief travels in the muslim world, I believe Sunday in the Muslim world is the same as our Monday, i.e. the beginning of the week. I might be off, I was rarely sober.

But as to the political purpose, I think this is a double edged sword. There has been tremendous angst that the Sadaam verdict would set off new levels of violence. I don't think the headline "Baghdad in Flames" would be a particularly compelling headline for republicans.

Anti-Everything said...

Here is what Scott Horton, Chair of the International Law Committee at the New York Bar Association and member of the Iraqi Bar Association, had to say today about who decided when the verdict should be released:

“Well, I think the Americans decided that. And in fact, I can tell you from my own experiences dealing with Iraqi courts, the calendar of the court was fixed directly by the Americans. One Iraqi judge I discussed this with told me that, “Look, we are autonomous and independent in many regards, and the calendar is not one of them. The calendar is fixed by when the Americans want us to convene the court and when they produce the witnesses so that we can interrogate them and conduct hearings.”

And this is particularly true for the so-called Special Tribunal. We need to note that this was constructed, arranged from the beginning with American taxpayer money, $138 million put in to funding it; a large professional staff; the regime crime unit attached to the U.S. embassy orchestrating every aspect of this case, compiling claims, putting them together, even making the physical plan and layout for the courtroom.”

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This article is thought provoking.Iraq too divided on this verdict.One group celebrating for this verdict and anathor is up in arms to fight.

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