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  1. Annie
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    corrected url

    From the International Red Cross, do gooders extraordinaire:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1238263,00.html

    Red Cross ultimatum to US on Saddam

    Release him, charge him or break international law, Bush told

    Jonathan Steele in Baghdad
    Monday June 14, 2004
    The Guardian

    Saddam Hussein must either be released from custody by June 30 or charged if the US and the new Iraqi government are to conform to international law, the International Committee of the Red Cross said last night.
    Nada Doumani, a spokeswoman for the ICRC, told the Guardian: "The United States defines Saddam Hussein as a prisoner of war. At the end of an occupation PoWs have to be released provided they have no penal charges against them."

    Her comments came as the international body, the only independent group with access to detainees in US custody, becomes increasingly concerned over the legal limbo in which thousands of people are being held in the run-up to the transfer of power at the end of the month.

    The occupation officially ends on June 30 and US forces will be in Iraq at the invitation of its sovereign government.

    "There are all these people kept in a legal vacuum. No one should be left not knowing their legal status. Their judicial rights must be assured," Ms Doumani said.

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    The above seemed to call for something, here it is. How un-PC:

    WHEN THAT MAN IS DEAD AND GONE (Irving Berlin) Al Bowlly - 1941

    When that man is dead and gone
    When that man is dead and gone
    We’ll go dancing down the street
    Kissing everyone we meet
    When that man is dead and gone

    What a day to wake up on
    What a way to greet the dawn
    Some fine day the news’ll flash
    Satan with a small moustache
    Is asleep beneath the lawn
    When that man is dead and gone

    Satan, Satan, thought up a plan
    Dressed as a man
    Walking the earth and since he began
    The world is hell for you and me
    But what a heaven it will be

    When that man is dead and gone
    When that man is dead and gone
    When they lay him twelve feet deep
    I’ll be there to laugh, not weep
    When that man is dead and gone

    What a day to wake up on
    What a way to greet the dawn
    Satan’ll take him by the hand
    To meet old Gerring, look what, man
    When that man is dead and gone
    When that man is dead and gone

    Some fine day the news’ll flash
    Satan with a small moustache
    Is asleep beneath the lawn
    When that man is dead and gone

    What a day to wake up on
    What a way to greet the dawn
    When a certain man is dead and gone
     
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    Yeah right - the US is just gonna let him walk free. The ICRC needs to get a grip and find something worthwhile to do, like bring aid and comfort to all those Sadam Insane harmed.

    Who the hell is the ICRC to give ultimatums? Besides, I thought it was the red crescent of some such nonsense over on that side of the world.
     
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    Or what? Or else?! Okay, let out Saddam, the Red Cross said so. :rolleyes: What is WRONG with people?? I feel like I'm living in a Twilight Zone episode.
     
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    Good thing we're not part of the ICC. England is though, as if Tony Blair doesn't have enough problems.
     
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    So the Red Cross enforces International Law now? Sighs. Im tired of these people totally misunderstanding international law. its so freakin annoying.
     
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    so charge him

    we've already embarassed ourselves enough in our dealings with the red cross, this is something we can do to follow the law and that's beneficial towards us

    no offense, but the Red Cross and the other NGOs that have taken exception to some of what we're doing in Iraq are not anti-American, they're simply aware of and not going to sit idly by for more violations of international law and common decency. we're not the bad guys, but neither are they. the role they play in other countries, especially ones where US and Western policy has failed (like Burma, Pakistan, China, etc etc) to protect those who speak out for freedom and basic human rights is extremely valuable. i'd rather they come across as annoying do-gooders at times than not be around at all.

    just charge saddam as a war criminal.

    that should have been our whole thing from the beginning, not that he is a purveryor of WMD but indict his butt as a war criminal who used WMD, oppressed millions of people, etc etc. there's no doubt in any of that at all, while there was and is doubt on the WMD issue.
     
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    Release him into the custody of the interim Iraqi government. They will know what to do with him and I imagine that it will happen rather quickly. Doesn't the IRC realize that he is safer with the US ?
     
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    Maybe Saddam will hire a good Jewish ACLU attorney to get him out on a technicality once he is handed over. They will claim the war was illegal and therefore, Saddam was arrested under false circumstances and therefore, he must be released.
     

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