Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Saddam Faces Second Trial

Just in case the current trial doesn't nail him, Saddam can look forward to a second trial, this one for gassing the Kurds. My Way News reported today, "The Iraq tribunal announced new criminal charges against Saddam Hussein and six others Tuesday, accusing them of genocide and crimes against humanity stemming from a 1980s crackdown against Kurds that included the gassing of thousands of civilians."

The charges for the current trial concern the killing of over 140 Shiites north of Baghdad.

Others accused in the Anfal [Kurds] case include Saddam's cousin, Ali Hassan Majid, or "Chemical Ali"; former Defense Minister Sultan Hashim Ahmad; former intelligence chief Saber Abdul Aziz al-Douri; former Republican Guard commander Hussein al-Tirkiti; former Nineveh provincial Gov. Taher Tafwiq al-Ani; and former top military commander Farhan Mutlaq al-Jubouri.

In my deck of "Iraqi Most Wanted Playing Cards," Saddam is the Ace of Spades, Chemical Ali is the King of Spades, and Ahmad is the Eight of Hearts. I couldn't find the other four in the deck.

It's good to see justice proceeding in Iraq. It's good to see Saddam's future and that of his accomplices grow more and more certain. It's good to know Iraq has the death penalty and has not ruled it out for Saddam Hussein.

It's good to go back and listen to that old song that came out years ago and bask in the joy of knowing that the lyrics about Saddam have pretty much been fulfilled, while the lyrics about the country of Iraq haven't.

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