Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Saddam on trial

"Iraqis are trying their former rulers in the middle of an insurgency that is sliding toward civil war. This is what makes the trial in Baghdad so different from its predecessors in Nuremberg, Arusha, and The Hague...As the trial goes on, it will be skillfully manipulated by the lead defendant into an indictment of the indicters, and the divisions in the country will almost certainly grow deeper.

...[the Trial] has elicited criticism from human-rights organizations that should have been helping to collect new evidence of Saddam’s crimes. It has brought out the worst in Iraq’s current leaders, who have opportunistically accelerated the timetable and meddled in the selection of judges".

George Packer - Saddam on Trial, 24 Oct

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