Friday, December 09, 2005

Saddam Hussein's Trial & His Glass Cage??

I've never been a big fan of Charles Krauthammer but I really think he has hit this one out of the park. Kudos to you, Mr. Krauthammer.

Of all the mistakes that the Bush administration has committed in Iraq, none is as gratuitous and self-inflicted as the bungling of the trial of Saddam Hussein.

"This has become a platform for Saddam to show himself as a caged lion when really he was a mouse in a hole," said Vice President Ghazi Yawar. "I don't know who is the genius who is producing this farce. It's a political process. It's a comedy show."

But there is no excusing the Bush administration, which had Hussein in custody for two years and had even longer to think about putting on a trial that would not become a star turn for a defeated enemy.

Why have we given him control of the stage? We all remember the picture of him pulled out of his spider hole. That should be the Saddam Hussein we put on trial.

The judge keeps telling him he's out of order. He disobeys with impunity, the guards not daring to intervene.

This is absurd. If anything, Hussein should be brought in wearing prison garb, perhaps in shackles, just for effect. And why was he given control of the script? He shouts, interrupts and does his Mussolini histrionics unmolested. Instead of the press being behind a glass wall, it is Hussein who should be. Better still, placed in a glass booth, like Eichmann, like some isolated specimen of deranged humanity, symbolically and physically cut off from the world of normal human values.

This strikes me as something the Far Left would produce in all their politically correct wisdom. NOT a Republican administration. Still this seems to be the new Republican conservatism for the 21st century, V 2.0!


Blogger Pastorius said...

I keep wondering if there is no such thing as Contempt of Court there in Iraq?

I remember one time going to court for a jay-walking ticket which had turned into a warrant. As I sat there waiting my turn, a crazy lady, who was also waiting, got up and started yelling at the judge that he was being too slow, she didn't have time for this, time is money and she made more money than the judge, etc., etc.

The judge politely warned her to shut up or he would throw her in jail for contempt of court. She didn't shut up, so the judge called the bailiff over, and had him slap handcuffs on her and lead her away.

That was that.

And, that is what ought to happen everytime Hussein so much as grunts, or breathes loudly.

It think the judges name on the Hussein trial is Mohammed al-Ito, if I recall correctly.

11:34 AM  
Blogger JMJ said...

I am not sure if you got my email but I don't have my official invite yet to IBA.

If it is not too much of hassle (copy and paste), would you mind posting this, my FIRST IBA post :), to the IBA website.

It would be greatly appreciated!!


11:42 AM  
Blogger JMJ said...


Good point!

It really makes you wonder. Where is the "consulting" from the US with regard to courtroom legal procedures? Yet Hussein gets a "Ramsey Clark", an ex-US attorney general for team.

Johnny Cochran is probably drooling right now. Getting Hussein acquitted would've been an even bigger feather in his cap than OJ!


11:48 AM  
Blogger Pastorius said...

I posted the article on the Infidel Blog Alliance for you. Thanks.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Fu2rman said...

And if Johnny Cochran were still alive, could you imagine him with this Tookie thing?

8:02 PM  

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