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LAW AND DISORDER

ANOTHER KIND OF EXPLOSION IN IRAQ. THE NEW CHARGES AGAINST SADDAM

Charges finally exploded in Bagdad that are, in an entirely different sense, real dynamite. 

Until now, the world has watched Saddam – the first fearsome tyrant in history to be tried on television – showcase for the media against charges that are, while unconscionable acts, really only an initial legal skirmish, based on the disingenuous question, “What, me kill 149 Kurds?” 

Now, it appears that the jig – or, more appropriately in that part of the world, the fig – is up.

The relatively harmless looking mass murderer has at long last been charged with crimes that fit the dashing man in the dark sports jacket: genocide and crimes against humanity, with the number of Kurds killed set at 50,000 to 80,000.

With the banging of that long-overdue gavel, the trial took on a new seriousness, although the ever-undaunted Saddam continued to question the legitimacy of the court and, while admitting that he did kill quite a lot of Kurds, insisted he had the right because they were guilt of trying to assassinate him, even if one of his victims was only 11 years old. 

If the sanctity of the court can manage to be maintained long enough to complete the trials and tribulations that lie ahead, despite the explosive lawlessness that has gripped the country, it might actually render a distinguished opinion and grant justice to the thousands of aggrieved families who must, at least until now, observe the trial with disdain for its very necessity. 

But, as the proverbial acknowledgement goes, the wheels of justice grind slowly but very finely.  And now they seem to have ground to a point that might even moderate the resourceful tyrant’s carefully calculated media performances. 

Question is, when it’s all over and he has become the longest-running performer on Iraqi TV, how will viewers feel when the show is cancelled due to the necessity of hanging the leading man?   

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