Saddam To Swing


Angry, shaking and defiant, Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death this morning by hanging for ordering the massacre of Iraqi civilians.
…He had refused to stand for the verdict and had to be lifted to his feet by two court bailiffs.
“Make him stand,” the judge ordered as the former president stayed seated.

This is an important step for them to clear the decks and try and rebuild. I honestly don’t know at this point if it is possible for Iraq to have anything close to a Western-style democaracy; I certainly despair that it isn’t. But it would be completely impossible with him around, and the lesson needs to be given that people like him, and those that support him, will pay.

He had wanted to face a firing squad – that request was refused.

Even better.
Oh, here’s a shock:

Amnesty International described the trial as a “shabby affair marred by serious flaws”.

The Iraqis conducted it, gave him more than ample chances to defend himself and completely disrupt the proceedings. I’m not sure what Amnesty’s problem is. Well, I’m sure I can guess, though.
I have to say that this is good, too:

Chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi told reporters that the Anfal trial now in progress for Saddam and others alleged role in gassing and killing Kurds would continue while the appeals process is underway. But if the appellate judges uphold the death sentence, the Anfal proceedings and other cases would be halted and Saddam hanged.
…A court official told The Associated Press that the appeals process was likely to take three to four weeks once the formal paperwork was submitted.

The last thing needed is some endless appeal process; thank god they haven’t learned that from our lawyers…yet.

4 Responses to “Saddam To Swing”

  1. Mike Rentner says:

    I’m always surprised at some of the comments some people make about Amnesty International.
    Instapundit said that it used to be a good organization. I have no idea when that might have been. Back in the very early 80’s, it was decidedly anti-American and pro-communist. I don’t think instapundit is old enough to know of times before then.
    Amnesty is still anti-American and why anyone would give them any credibility is beyond me. Why does the press quote them at all and give them attention?
    Heck, why do they quote PETA? I guess both organizations sell newspapers and tv time with their shock value. It’s pathetic.

  2. The_Real_JeffS says:

    Good news!
    As for Amnesty International…..f**k ’em. Those ‘tards wouldn’t know justice if it bit them on their collective butt.

  3. major dad says:

    Did Amnesty International say what the “flaws” were in the trial? Amazing how overwhelming proof means nothing to those self-proclaimed do-gooders. They are anti-American and why they are relevant is a mystery.

  4. I saw on Free Republic a post saying that Ramsey Clark got thrown out of the proceedings.

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