Round up the Usual Suspect Reactions!
"But Amnesty International complained!"
A priceless round-up by the AP - they sought out anyone they could latch on to, to complain of the verdict and death sentence Saddam Hussein was handed. Beyond the usual suspects - Socailist politicians, the EU, the Vatican, Amnesty International, UN apparatchiks - they scrape up such such worthy figures as; Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, a senior lawmaker from the Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal coalition, which is critical of Pakistan's military cooperation with the United States, Mahmoud al-Saifi of the Arab Liberation Front, Sonya Sceats, an international law expert at the Chatham House foreign affairs think tank in London, and Chandra Muzaffar, president of the Malaysian-based International Movement for a Just World. A scoundrels list that should prove educational for future reference purposes.
The dead of Jubail were unavailable for comment.
I think I have now ceased to view the AP as a source of fact, but at best a source of data mixed with editorial content.
Oh, and to those bitching about "victor's justice"... Yeah, so? Victory over a terrible despotic/totalitarian ruling cohort. Victory over a "Big Man" and his attendant bloodthirst. Victory over genocide ("never again" right?). Victory over droit de seigneur.
Justice simply consists of one getting what one deserves, Saddam deserves death.
TO the Gallows:
Awad Hamed al Bander, former chief judge in Saddam's Revolutionary Court, Saddam's half-brother Barzan al Tikriti, head of the feared Mukhabarat intelligence service,
Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan - life in prison
Abdullah Kazim Ruwayyid, former Ba'ath official - 15 years
Mizhar Abdullah Ruwayyid, former Ba'ath official- 15 years
Ali Dayih Ali, former Ba'ath official - 15 years
Mohammed Azawi Ali, a Ba'ath party official in Dujail, was cleared.