Friday, December 09, 2005
The impossible we do today, The necessary will wait till manana.
Remember the Republican howls that "Saddam gassed his own people" (meaning the Kurds)? What they chose not to mention was that Saddam did so with the full knowledge and tacit approval of Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.
As both Steve Gilliard and I have mentioned earlier this week, that's one of the main reasons why Saddam's not being tried at The Hague. The other reason, of course, is that BushCo refuses to acknowlege the authority of any group -- especially one run by foreigners -- to tell it what to do.
I understand this case was chosen for reasons of internal Iraqi politics, to placate a particular family.
I actually have some questions about whether international courts could handle a case like this. Their case law and judicial system is not adequately developed as shown by what happened to Milosevich. However, it is possible for a nation to perform a trial under the rules of international law. Canada or Japan might have been good places to try Saddam.
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