The former U.S. Attorney General, Ramsey Clark, has put the boot into the trial of Saddam Hussein by calling it a sham designed to justify the invasion of Iraq.
Clark is a member of Saddam Hussein's defence team, and said yesterday that Saddam's trial was "a direct threat to international law, the United Nations, universal human rights and world peace."
Clark is demanding that the proceedings be transferred from the Iraqi Special Tribunal to a new court that could work independently, free of prejudice.
Clark went on to say that the US wanted the trial to "vindicate its invasion, to validate its occupation, and to make the world believe that the Iraqi people demanded that Saddam Hussein and leaders in his government be executed."
Clark claims that a fair trial in the midst of the widespread violence sweeping Iraq was impossible.
He noted that the fact that Saddam has signed death warrants is in itself not the act of a criminal, citing the fact that President Bush also signs death warrants:
"It is common for the law to require the highest official of a state to approve and sign death warrants. George W. Bush signed 152 such warrants as governor of Texas."
Clark is fogetting one thing, rightly or wrongly, to the victor the spoils and the right to rewrite history.