November 4, 2006


Saddam told he should die by the rope like a common criminal (Colin Freeman and Aqeel Hussein, 05/11/2006, Sunday Telegraph)

The former Iraqi dictator, who is expected to be given the death sentence today when a verdict is delivered in his first war crimes trial, has been demanding execution by the gun rather than the rope, on the basis that he was head of the country's armed forces.

But the Iraqi war crimes court in Baghdad has dismissed his request, noting that Saddam failed the entry exam for the Iraqi military academy and only became field marshal by appointing himself when president.

Its ruling is in line with legal conventions from Saddam's own time in power: Iraqi courts allowed a quick death by firing squad for those who showed remorse, but required the rope for those who they felt deserved to suffer.

Throughout the year-long proceedings, Saddam has shown no contrition, defiantly telling a closing session of the trial: "This case is not worth the urine of an Iraqi child."

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2006 9:41 PM

And Saddam being found guilty and being hanged is good for the Dems how? I'm sure the MSM will come up with a reason.

Posted by: AWW at November 4, 2006 10:02 PM

It will cause additional unrest and destabilize the country, more proof that withdrawal is needed, yadda..

Posted by: Gideon at November 4, 2006 11:08 PM

Don't forget the whole "There was something censored in the trial - it must be proof of Bush evil!" thing that commentator was going on about a couple of days ago.

Posted by: Bryan at November 5, 2006 6:42 AM

"Obviously we deplore the verdict of the death penalty against Saddam and one of his co-accused.

We don't consider it was a fair process. The court was not impartial. There were not adequate steps taken to protect the security of defence lawyers and witnesses...

Every individual has a right to a fair trial, even people accused of the crimes of the magnitude that Saddam Hussein faced, and this has not been a fair trial."

--Malcom Smart, Amnesty International, BBC

They have come a very long way, no?

Posted by: Peter B at November 5, 2006 8:31 AM

Amnesty Intl. was in the tank 30 years ago. But moments like this clarify things.

When you lie down with Ramsey Clark (or Lynne Stewart, or William Kunstler, or whoever is the trendy leftist legal-eagle), you get Saddam Hussein (or Mugabe, or Castro - murderers who are above reproach). And some on the left even pined for Slobo, once he was put on trial.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 5, 2006 9:40 AM