Saturday, December 30, 2006
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
Or said another way, "Ding dong, the witch is dead". Not that it matters one bit.
And what was he convicted of? The WMDs? The "rape rooms"? The thousands killed at Halabja in 1988 using nerve gas we sold him?
He was convicted of the reprisal deaths of 150 innocent people in the town of Dujail in 1982.
Never heard of it? No one in the US had heard of it either, until the trial started. Yet long after that horrific incident, we praised him, and sold him nerve gas and other munitions.
Clearly Dujail was horrible. Imagine losing 150 people close to you, especially living in a hamlet of only 10,000. Yet on a world-wide scale, it's a small number, small enough that the US clearly didn't give one crap about it until they needed to stage a mock trial for Saddam.
And what of the 13,000 dead in Halabja?
Sorry kids, no closure for you. Your deaths didn't provide the political juice needed for the death sentence.
And even though his trial for that atrocity has already started, and will continue in his, ahem, absence, it will be nothing more that farce, political theatre. But then, so has this whole 'war'.
Thanks, Joe, thanks John. This one's for you.