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

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Cigars For Saddam

The final day of a hearing to determine if Lt. Col. William H. Steele, a former military police commander at the Camp Cropper prison, should stand trial on various charges of "aiding the enemy" heard that he let detainees use his cell phone to make unmonitored calls and approved buying Cuban cigars and hair dye for Saddam Hussein.

One of those investigating Steele noted:

"that during an interview, [Steele] admitted that he empathised with the prisoners he oversaw, who included ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and members of his former regime, and that he had lent them his cellular phone to make private calls."

A similar "bonding with the enemy" happened at Nuremberg, when the US guards allowed Goering to commit suicide rather than face the gallows.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Iraq Reconsturction Fails

A US federal audit report has condemned the US attempts to reconstruct Iraq as being a total failure.

The reconstruction is so blighted by local corruption and insurgency violence, that most buildings fall into disrepair within six months of being completed.

The 210 page report was prepared by the American Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (Sigir). It concludes that fraud and corruption are so widespread within Iraqi departments, that the Iraqi annual financial loss now exceeds $7BN.

When buildings are completed, they are not being "adequately maintained". Repairmen and workers face intimidation and death threats, making their task all but impossible.

The report noted that at Baghdad Airport the vast majority of electricity generators were not working. At a maternity hospital in Irbil hypodermic needles, bandages and other medical wastes were found to have been thrown in the sewer system's traps and septic tank.

The US Government is trying to lay the blame on Iraqi incompetence, and notes that it could not "micro-manage" how American-funded facilities are run on the ground.

Sigir's last report, in January, said that reconstruction cash was being stolen by corrupt Iraqi officials and often disappearing without proper accounting in a "Wild West" atmosphere.

The State Department report on global terrorism noted that 46% of all terrorism attacks around the world took place in Iraq alone in 2006.

Therefore when President Bush claimed "mission accomplished", some time ago, what exactly was he talking about?

How has the invasion of Iraq made the world a safer place?

Monday, April 30, 2007

Saddam's Birthday Marked

Hundreds of people brought unlit candles and flowers to Saddam Hussein's tomb on Saturday, to mark what would have been his 70th birthday.

Children wore white, along with badges bearing Saddam's portrait, and sang songs and poems as cake was served in Saddam's burial place.

The supporters said they were also mourning the state of their country.