Saddam Hussein is scheduled to go on trial Wednesday. But as great as it will be to see the former tyrant in the dock, don’t expect much from the trial, which likely will be quickly postponed. That’s because the charges will be narrowly focused on the execution of more than 140 men and teenage boys, not the more heinous crimes attributed to Saddam, including the killing of an estimated 300,000 Shiites and Kurds. Also, observers worry that the incompetence of the special tribunal and the unfairness of the trial could undermine the verdict. And, ultimately, the biggest frustration will be that a death penalty wouldn’t be harsh enough punishment. As Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said: “Saddam should be executed 20 times.”
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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