New Iraqi Leader to Use Saddam as Hostage

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    http://www.debka.com/article.php?aid=870

    It seems that the new Iraqi government and its leader will use Saddam to protect themselves while the Americans and coalition forces fight and die.

     
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    I don't agree.

    I think having Saddam in custody of the new Iraqi government is an important step for Iraq. It helps give legitimacy in the eyes of the populace by having the former tyrant imprisoned awaiting trial. Since this is an interim government, and their constitution is not yet completed or in implemented, their judicial system logically isn't running yet, either.

    Another nice benefit is that local ME tyrants are watching this with interest. It's bad news for them. A tyrant never wants to have the roles reversed. It's rather unpleasant.

    This article assumes, somehow, that the fighting that's taking place is because of Saddam's loyalists that want him back. Everything I've read & heard tells me that the vast majority of combatants are terrorist foriegners.

    The 'insurance' part doesn't make any sense. Not once has any demand been made to release Saddam.
     
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    It's done!



    Iraqis Given Legal Custody of Saddam

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tm...0/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_saddam&cid=540&ncid=716

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    It would be nice if that were the case but I did not write this article but only posted it. Why do you think that this new Iraqi leader wants to delay Saddam's right to a fair and speedy trial for an undetermined period of time?

    Would a prompt and fair trial for Saddam demonstrate to the dictators of the Middle East, that they too would be subject to rapid justice or just held for protection by new rulers who do not wish to be assasinated by the loyal Jihadists?

    Post WW2 Nuremberg and Japanese war crime trials were done in a timely manner but took a long time to present the mountain of evidence that was made available by the Germans and Japanese.

    There is a mountain of records and bodies with which to try Saddam for crimes against humanity and his own people but he is being used as a shield instead of getting his just reward.
     
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    Kathy, yes they were arraigned for show and tell but was there any mention of when a trial by the Iraqi people could be expected?
     
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    This is Iraqs government and therefore thier decision. Did you expect Iraq to be a clone of America. He has been thier tormentor for decades. If they decide it would help solidify the new Iraq to delay his trial, it's thier right to do so. Are critics going to use decisions by the fledgling Iraqi govt. as a club against them or will they get the benefit of thier rookie status?
     
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    You are quite correct. There is no need to force the American system of a right to a speedy trial on the fledgling Iraqi goverment.

    There are so many families whose children, husbands, wives and relatives were murdered in the most gruesome ways imaginable have a right to keep this monster alive long enough for witnesses to die or forget or even to use the tons of written and hard drive recorded evidence in a future trial some far away sun shiny day.

    It just means that American troops must stay in Iraq for another reason. They will have to see that Saddam does not get the 'revolving door' treatment of one Muslim for a brother Muslim.
     

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