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Re: [casi] Prime Minister and mass graves

At 04:12 AM 12/19/03, you wrote:
>Dear Peter & List,
>The issue of putting Saddam on trial is indeed a very
>complicated one. The article referred to by Muhammad
>attempts to portray the trial of Saddam in Iraq as a
>step towards returning sovereignty to the people of
>Iraq. Forget about the fact that Iraq remains under
>occupation; forget the Geneva conventions; forget that
>the attack on Iraq was in itself a violation of
>international law and a war crime; forget that only a
>sovereign state can have a sovereign legal system...
>How can a state be sovereign under occupation??

This is a very key point.

What are the reasons for trying Saddam? Deterence for other would-be
dictators? No -- that threat would never stop a man of great ambition.
Justice? How is possible to sort out any idea of justice considering the
complexity of circumstance? To keep Saddam from regaining power? He can
hardly do that with the negative sentiment against him in Iraq, and the
lack of US the support which he relied on to start.

There are two (three) reasons.

The first is to give a sense of satisfaction and resolution to the
survivers of his brutality.

The second is to establish a semblance of law and sanity, to try to
re-establish standards of a leaders behavior and responsibility, and to
help legitimize the presence of a real Iraqi government. For this to
happen, an elected Iraqi government is required -- else it must be a farce.

And the third reason -- that from the US point of view would be disasterous
-- is to bring out all the facts. It is this consequence, which the US will
resist, and by so doing defeat the first two purposes. A kangeroo court run
by the US or its puppets can not resolve the issues, nor provide a sense of
justice to the victims if the US support for Saddam is unanswered. Neither
will satisfaction -- or retribution, of one wishes -- be satisfied unless
the Iraqis make the judgements, and not an invader. A kangeroo court will
also repress the evidence and testimony implicating the US and Europe in
hold Saddam had, and in the role of the sanctions in providing him with a
situation where his power was enhanced.

The situation, then, is one where the only proper action is to put any
trial on hold until the situation in Iraq is resolved and they have a real
Iraqi government of their own making. Anything else must result in
dissatisfaction, more pain and anger, confusion of issues and truths, and
further strife among the Iraqi factions. Given Bush's propensity to rush
into a situation blindly, and "follow his gut" (which is apparantly
composed largely of the extreme ideologues who talk in his ear, and his
strange pseudo-religious convictions), it is probable that the situation
will be completely botched. It will be the "classic compromise" where no
one will be happy with the outcome.

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