December 07, 2005

Saddam Hussein


From CNN: Hussein threatens to skip court.

The trial of Saddam Hussein adjourned for the day Tuesday, with the former Iraqi leader indicating he's unlikely to return when the court reconvenes Wednesday.

"I will not be in a court without justice. Go to hell, all you agents of America," Hussein said.

His announcement came after five witnesses testified about brutalities they experienced during a government crackdown 23 years ago.

From Investor's Business Daily: A Just War.

'I swear by God I walked by a room and on my left I saw a grinder with blood coming out of it and human hair underneath."

So said Ahmad Hassan Mohammed, a 38-year-old Iraqi who made history on Monday as the first witness to face Hussein in court. ...

Many more witnesses are waiting in the wings. From what is known about the routine practices of Hussein's regime, what has been recounted gives only a taste of the horrors to come. The Iraqi government has up to 12 trials planned for Hussein and his henchmen. The current one deals with the torture and killing of 148 men and teenage boys in Dujail after a 1982 assassination attempt against Hussein.

Future trials will deal with other crimes against humanity, including massacres involving tens of thousands of deaths. Hussein will rant through them all, and observers may grow numb from hearing the same sort of grisly testimony over and over. But in the end, the case against Hussein will be obvious to all but Ramsey Clark and the most deluded Saddamites. The tyrant will go to his reward. Iraq, freed from him once and for all, will move on.

And Pajamas Media has a round up of blog commentary (via InstaPundit).

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Posted by Forkum at December 7, 2005 08:52 PM