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I can't make any sense of this
why drop these charges?
to explain what the hell is going on over there... I don't get it either.
Maybe they took the view that trying a dead man would waste court time when they could be focusing on those for who 'justice' has still yet to be served.
it seems remarkably odd that they would do that when given the opportunity to mark Saddam down in history as responsible for 'gassing his own people'
the Kurds aren't going to be too happy about it I'd bet
It's always very hard to pin such a specific charge on the leader of a country (see how hard it was to 'prove' that Hitler authorised the death camps for example).
and so had a hand in fast-tracking Saddam's hanging to avoid him being found 'innocent' of Halabja
also, seeing as how Saddam and his two co-defendants were or are to be hanged for the Dujail murders of 148 people, the guilty in the chemical weapons trial are sure to be hanged
Or if not, there will be a Kurdish revolt
seems remarkably dangerous tactics
tried to delay the execution, Nouro Al Maliki pushed it through...
I hadn't seen that reported anywhere but I can imagine Al Maliki didn't want to wait very long to get it done
the embarrisment of SH's defence pointing out that SH was not publically rempremanded by most western governments for doing this, at the time, individuals and magazines like Private Eye, were apalled, but business with SH went on as usual (I believe that the west in those days rather fancied backing iraq agains iran (there was the small matter of the enourmous iran iraq war (largley unknown in western democracies) ) I believe that the case of 'my biggest enemy's, biggest enemy must be my sort of ally, so I'll turn a blind eye to what SH does.
"Ali Hassan al-Majid wore a beard as a sign of mourning for his cousin"
there is opposition in Europe + America to a trial over Halabja because it would reveal shady things about supply?
it's just that the charges against Saddam have been dropped
now that it doesn't involve Saddam?
This is probably a very good point.
I would say at least half of the people in the western democracies who were following the SH rial will now mostly turn their attention off the trial, even if they didnt, it breaks the chain, I mean a western democracy could send a message of disapproval to SH, but they could not send one (officially) to these 'lesser' villans without SH's consent to passing it on
How could he be sentenced?