The Trial of Saddam Hussein and The Fallout of The War

The Trial of Saddam Hussein


The fallout in the Middle East from the regime change in Iraq

Friday, January 12, 2007

Saddam Stopped Appeal

Saddam Hussein, in his final will, dictated to his principal Iraqi defence counsel Khalil al-Dulaimi 24 hours before his December 30 execution, instructed his legal team to stop all appeals.

He stated that the impending execution was the work of US and Iranian collaboration.

The document instructed his lawyers to "decide whatever is related to me except appealing for the life of Saddam Hussein to any of the presidents, kings, Arabs or foreigners."

Seemingly the UK appealed to Iraq to stop the excecution, contrary to US wishes, but was ignored.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Fortress Baghdad

President Bush announced the implementation of his "Fortress Baghdad" policy yesterday. Which, in summary, involves sending another 20,000 or so US troops to Baghdad together with a similar number of Iraqi troops.

In hard political terms, even though this is utter folly and will result in many more civilian and military deaths, Bush has no choice but to do this.

Bush is in the final leg of his presidency, he is looking to leave a legacy. Currently the legacy of his presidency will be that of catastrophic failure at home and abroad; with the Republican party pushed out of Congress, the Senate and more than likely the Oval Office.

Bush, in his mind, has nothing left to lose, and everything to gain by throwing another 20,000 troops at the problem.

The fact that they are to be positioned only in Baghdad indicates that Bush has realised that the rest of Iraq is now beyond hope. His strategy, if that phrase can be used for this folly, is to maintain fortress Baghdad and the world's largest embassy; thus giving the US some foothold in the Middle East, which is now in total chaos as a result of the failed US venture.

All is not lost for Bush, Britain's foreign secretary Margaret Beckett came out in strong support of Bush today; saying that she was pleased that he was doing this.

What she forgot to mention was that Britain will not be putting more troops in to back up our US allies, but in fact withdrawing 3,000 in the coming months.

Bush stands isolated in his Whitehouse bunker, at home and abroad, it is only a matter of time before he is forced to yield.

Unfortunately his imminent demise has been brought about at the heavy price of thousands of lives, and utter chaos in the Middle East.

Mission Accomplished!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Blair Breaks Silence

Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday that the manner of Saddam Hussein's execution was completely wrong and unacceptable.

Blair has finally broken the embarrassing silence that he has maintained on the subject, since returning from holiday in the US.


"The crimes that Saddam committed does not excuse the manner of his execution, but the manner of his execution does not excuse the crimes."

From Beyond The Grave

Saddam Hussein may be dead, but his voice was clearly heard in the courtroom on Monday; when a recording was played of him talking with his cousin, known as "Chemical Ali", about killing thousands of Kurds in the 1980's.

Saddam was heard to say:

"These weapons are only used at my orders..

It will force them out of their homes without water or food. It makes them evacuate their homes naked

The trial continues.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Blair Uses Bush as Shield

Tony Blair will attempt to use President Bush's announcement tomorrow, about the increase in American troops in Iraq by 20,000, to cover his statement condemning the execution of Saddam.

Blair opposes the death penalty, yet because he is subservient to Bush cannot make too much of a public fuss over the state "lynching" of Saddam. However, Blair's ministers Brown and Prescott have already publicly condemned the execution; therefore Blair has to make some form of comment, as people are asking why he has been so silent on the matter.

Bush's statement will provide perfect cover for Blair.

Some cynics note that when Blair leaves office this year, he is hoping to make large amounts of money on the US lecture circuit. To openly criticise Bush would risk offending his future paymasters.

In other news, the corpse of Saddam is now being used to rally support by those sympathetic to him. A video of Saddam's corpse, apparently taken shortly after he was hanged, was posted on the net by a group sympathetic to Saddam.

It seems that the Iraqi and US authorities could not have screwed this execution up more, even if they tried to.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Charges Against Saddam Dropped

In a bizarre twist, all charges against Saddam Hussein for the killing of 180,000 Kurds in the 1980s have been dropped.

Chief Judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa dropped all the charges, as Saddam's trial resumed this morning. The charges were dropped as, of course, Saddam is now dead.

Saddam's six co-defendants still face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

As noted earlier, the rush to execute Saddam has deprived many of seeing justice done.

Hardly a fitting beginning for the "new" Iraq.