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

Saturday, March 01, 2008


President Bush strongly urged Turkey to withdraw its forces from northern Iraq and end an offensive against Kurdish rebels there "as quickly as possible."

He said he agreed with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, "who said the incursion should be limited and should be temporary in nature."

"The Turks need to move quickly, achieve their objective and then get out ... as quickly as possible," said Bush.

Source AFP

Does Bush not see the irony of his advice?

Maybe this will help:

Friday, February 29, 2008

Chemical Ali To Be Executed

The protracted wait for confirmation of the death sentence on Chemical Ali is now over, Iraq has approved the execution of Ali Hassan al-Majid for ordering gas attacks on Iraqi Kurds in the 1980s.

An Iraqi official issued the following statement:

"The presidency has approved Chemical Ali's execution."

Under Iraqi law, Ali should have been executed by October 4, 30 days after his sentence was upheld by the Iraq Supreme Court.

No date has been set for the execution.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Mystery of The Disappearing Cigar Case

In a plot totally unlike the complexity or interest of an Agatha Christie plot, Boris Johnson (candidate for London's mayor) has found himself under police investigation for "stealing" the red cigar case of Tariq Aziz in May 2003.

Scotland Yard wrote to Mr Johnson demanding that return the red leather case, which he took from the bombed out home of Tariq Aziz in May 2003 (Aziz had surrendered to the US military days earlier).

Read the letter here.

Mr Johnson has now agreed to give back the case. However, he was somewhat surprised to find himself the subject of an investigation; given that he has never attempted to conceal the fact that he took the case. Indeed, he even wrote about it in The Daily Telegraph in 2003.

Mr Johnson's campaign team suspects dirty tricks by his opponents in May's mayoral election.

Scotland Yard now admit, privately, that they have handled the whole affair very badly.

A senior source is quoted in The Telegraph as saying:

"It is fair to say that the issue should have been handled differently. It should have been referred higher up. More senior officers should have been involved. It has not come out the way we would have wanted it to."

A complete waste of time and money!

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Cost of The War

In case anyone is wondering what the cost of the Iraq war has been to the USA, aside from the lives lost, they can read about it in The Times.

The current estimate gives a cost of around $3 Trillion.

This bill will be hanging around the taxpayers' necks for decades.

Mission accomplished!