November 3, 2006

Will Saddam Get the Drop?

Hatched by Dafydd

The tribunal trying Saddam Hussein and many of his lieutenants expects to announce the verdict Sunday, the London Times reports; and most expect it to be guilty with the death penalty for "crimes against humanity" -- which might be the first time such a sentence has been handed out for that charge since the Nuremburg Trials. Or were there any others in between?

Saddam, his half-brother Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, Taha Yassin Ramadan, his Vice President, and Awad al-Bandhar, a judge, face possible death sentences for the execution of 148 Shia villagers from the town of Dujail after a failed 1982 assassination attempt on the then Iraqi leader. Four others face lighter sentences. Saddam is likely to win the right to appeal against any death sentence.

Meanwhile, lots of folks are expecting Sunni terrorists to launch a horrific wave of violence when Saddam is sentenced to death; but frankly, I doubt it: such predictions are predicated upon the idea that until now, the terrorists have been "holding back," but now they'll really be hopping mad. I think that's rot: these murderous butchers been going flat out for three or four months now; the pedal's to the metal, and I don't think there's any more horsepower in that engine.

But the real question for me is, even assuming Saddam is sentenced to death... will he ever actually be executed? Or will the Europeans or the U.N. or the Humane Society meddle to prevent it, on the grounds that:

  • We don't know for absolute, 100% certain that Saddam really ordered mass executions in the town of Dujail, or that he was really the dictator of Iraq. He could have had an evil twin.
  • Even if he did it, maybe he was insane; look at him before the invasion: he must have been inhaling junk food! (Hey, it worked for Dan White.)
  • Finally, even if Hussein personally ordered the executions and was in his right mind when he did so, we can't execute him because it would be a barbaric and un-Christian to put to death a man merely because he slaughtered between 300,000 and 5,000,000 people over a few decades. And it wouldn't be fair; you're singling him out... after all, nobody ever executed Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, or Nicolae Ceauşescu. (All right, maybe Ceauşescu; but that was more like a revolution -- a people's revolution! -- so it doesn't count.)

As much as I doubt there will be "civil war" if Saddam is sentenced to death, that's just how much I doubt he will ever actually dance on air, be fried, gassed, needled, or given a haircut. I expect that, yet again, la Belle France will ride to the rescue of another mass-murdering dictator.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, November 3, 2006, at the time of 11:48 PM

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The following hissed in response by: Fritz

I suspect you're right. The French are against killing anyone unless they do it, and when their troops are in charge, look out. One only needs look at some of the things they have done in other countries. Just ask the people of the Ivory Coast.

The above hissed in response by: Fritz [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2006 1:12 AM

The following hissed in response by: Davod

If they sentence him to death they need to carry out the sentence immediately. If not he will be pardoned at the next religeous holiday.

The above hissed in response by: Davod [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2006 2:20 AM

The following hissed in response by: Terrye

Too bad the French did not call for a pardon for Saddam's victims.

The above hissed in response by: Terrye [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2006 3:18 AM

The following hissed in response by: MarkD

Too bad the French didn't pardon the lady riding the bus.

The above hissed in response by: MarkD [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2006 9:20 AM

The following hissed in response by: OldCoot

Appreciate the reference to Dan White. Almost forgot about the "Twinkie Defense", a classic moonbat legal tactic turned against them in the case of White.

The above hissed in response by: OldCoot [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2006 10:49 AM

The following hissed in response by: Nuclear Siafu

I wouldn't put it past the French government to pardon a monster but seriously, how would they go about getting their hands on him in the first place?

It's not like they have a foot in the door in Iraq. They've avoided any serious military commitment, and Saddam's trial is an Iraqi affair, so they don't even have a spot in the legal system. They might make overtures through the UN, but who’s going to heed that? In the end, the French would have to launch a commando raid to pry him loose from the Iraqis, or offer one hell of a diplomatic incentive, like a troop deployment three times the size of the UK contingent.

If Saddam does escape the noose, it'll be because of some philanthropists’ absurd donation. Even then, I wouldn't be surprised if Saddam mysteriously came down with every STD known to man just before he was released from Iraqi custody. Anybody know what the ISG did with the bio warfare cultures they found?

The above hissed in response by: Nuclear Siafu [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2006 1:11 PM

The following hissed in response by: Bill Faith

Very good questions, Dafydd. I excerpted and linked.

The above hissed in response by: Bill Faith [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2006 5:02 PM

The following hissed in response by: Rovin

How to be humble?

Appreciate the reference to Dan White. Almost forgot about the "Twinkie Defense", a classic moonbat legal tactic turned against them in the case of White.

The "twinkie defense" was just another chapter in the bay areas lunacy. City leaders were assasinated in broad daylight and the pacifist refused to put the man to death.

No wonder the middle east is rootin' fur the left.

300k to 500k? Is the margine in the middle insignificant?

In the Old Testament, murderers were murdered and, I believe God condoned the action, but....

Barring forgiveness.....both them fellers deserve what society can dish out

Forgiveness and understanding will be needed by all in the Republican Party when they have to explain that both houses still belong to them.

And, the left will want to hang us all......


The above hissed in response by: Rovin [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2006 8:51 PM

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