Tony Blair, the British prme Minister said he was against executing Saddam Hussain. Because he against Capital Punishment. I don’t get it. He sent his troops to Iraq to kill Saddam Hussain !
I do not think anyone can deny that Saddam Hussain is responsible for horrendous crmes against his own people. Though in all of history people will now argue whether he was also responsible at one time for holding Iraq together, for allowing a more liberal interpretation of Islam, and indeed economic progress befoire sanctions were set in. Does this forgive the gassing of the Kurds or any such ruthless supression of any opposition ? I dont think so.
Yet the reaction across the Globe to the sentence has been amazingy political. Prakash karat for example, the leader of the Indian Communist Party has demanded that India condemn the Death Sentence for it represents the will of the American Goverment and not the will of the Iraqi Judiciary or it’s people.
I’m not sure. I think Karat is wrong to take such a skewed pint of view, though I do agree the timing is awkward. . I do not believe that the trial should have been rushed given that Iraq is on the verge of Civil War.
But the towering question to me is this : Who is responsible for the 650,000 civilians that were killed in Iraq AFTER Saddam’s downfall ? More than under Saddam Hussain. Who should stand trial for that ?