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What war does to us

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Comments on the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein:

Amnesty International wrote:

Deeply flawed and unfair… a shabby affair:
– court failed to… ensure the protection of witnesses and defense lawyers, three… were assassinated
– Saddam… denied access to legal counsel for the first year after his arrest…
– Complaints by his lawyers… do not appear to have been adequately answered…
– Appeals Court… little more than a veneer of legitimacy…
– a fundamentally flawed process…

Human Rights Watch wrote:

Deeply flawed… a significant step away from respect for human rights and the rule of law… failures to disclose key evidence to the defense, violations of the defendants’ right to question prosecution witnesses… presiding judge’s demonstrations of bias.

U.S. President George W. Bush said:

Today, Saddam Hussein was executed after receiving a fair trial.

Looks like once again (as in all wars), the atrocities of the worst have desensitized the moral judgment of the rest.

See the whole story by Matthew Rothschild at The Progressive.

For some selected Muslim reactions, go here.


Richard Falk (Professor Emeritus of International Law and Practice at Princeton University and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the UC, Santa Barbara) commenting on the President’s reaction:

RICHARD FALK: Well, I can hardly imagine a more Orwellian description of the actual trial. And to hear those words juxtaposed with the reality … suggests either the extreme detachment of President Bush from the notion of what a fair trial constitutes or a deliberate confusion of what happened with what the American people are being told happened by our leadership … So, it’s part of spinning an event in such a distorted and deformed manner as to really commit a kind of crime on the language itself and on the seriousness of the events that were taking place.

For the complete interview with Falk and others, visit Democracy Now!

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Written by Monte

January 1, 2007 at 12:10 am

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  1. Let’s do – it’s an honor to visit with you!
    With sincere respect,
    Washington, Iowa, USA


    January 6, 2007 at 12:02 am

  2. Thanks Monte,

    May god keep all of us in good health and great wealth. Let’s keep in touch.

    Warmest regards,

    Kuala Lumpur


    January 5, 2007 at 11:51 pm

  3. Thank you, Sheih, for your honest and tender heart. I have edited my post, changing the reference to your blog to read “For some selected Muslim reactions, click here.” I think that more accurately represents your intent.

    And Ghandi was brilliant, was he not?

    You are welcome here anytime, and I’ll be interested to watch your blog as well.


    January 5, 2007 at 1:20 pm

  4. My dear friend,

    I’m Sheih from Kickdefella. You have link your posting above to my blog. I’m honoured. Nevertheless, I would like to point out that, mostly what’s written on my blog, do not actually represents the views of majority Malaysian Muslim, nor I shall be able to comment on their behalf.

    Personally, I did not agree with the lynching of The late Saddam Hussein as much as I do not agreed with the death penalty. By saying this, I also do not condone The Late Mr. Hussein’s action towards his own people. I shall not take whatever reason and argument put forward by his supporters.

    I believe (This is my personal opinion), No man has the right to take the life of another human being, whether its allowed by the law that govern us or in the act of war etc.

    An eye for and eye will make the whole world blind – Gandhi.



    January 4, 2007 at 7:33 am

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