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Iraqis “Dread” Saddam’s Verdict Tommorrow

From those champions of justice at Reuters:

Reuters supplied this photo with their article, along with the caption: A young man cleans a poster of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Amman November 4, 2006. The former Iraqi strongman overthrown by U.S. military could be sentenced to hang on November 5, 2006 for crimes against humanity.

Iraq waits nervously to hear if Saddam will hang

Sat Nov 4, 2006

By Claudia Parsons

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces were on alert and a curfew was expected to keep Baghdad locked down on Sunday when Saddam Hussein hears the verdict in his trial for crimes against humanity.

If convicted, the ousted Iraqi president is likely to be sentenced to hang.

Saddam’s chief lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi said on Friday Saddam believed the verdict was timed to boost President George W. Bush before U.S. mid-term elections on November 7, and urged a delay. He warned of bloodshed if Saddam is sentenced to death.

National Security Adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie told local television stations a curfew would be imposed in Baghdad and the provinces of Diyala and Salahaddin, Saddam’s home province.

Iraqiya state television said there would be a curfew on Sunday and Baghdad airport would be closed, but another senior official said others in the government were against a curfew, and a decision would be taken later on Saturday.

Curfews are regularly imposed in Iraq at sensitive times and on Fridays, the Muslim day of prayer.

Saddam, 69, and seven co-accused have been charged with crimes against humanity for the killing of 148 Shi’ite villagers after an attempt on his life in the town of Dujail in 1982.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has said Saddam’s execution cannot come soon enough.

But even if he is convicted, it may be many months, even years, before a death sentence is carried out as appeals are heard. Saddam is due back in court on Tuesday in another trial, for genocide against ethnic Kurds.

The Defense Ministry on Friday canceled all leave for army officers in anticipation of the verdict.

Saddam remains a deeply divisive figure in a country riven by sectarian violence between the Sunni Arab minority, Kurds and Shi’ites who were oppressed by Saddam but now dominate political power.

Various Sunni Arab insurgent groups see him as a figurehead in their resistance against U.S. troops.

MANY IRAQIS MORE INTERESTED IN PEACE

While the eyes of the world may be turned to the trial, many Iraqis are preoccupied with relentless sectarian violence and insurgent attacks killing hundreds every week.

"Every day my heart is tortured when one of my six sons is late, fearing he might be kidnapped or hurt," said Um Adnan, a 68-year-old housewife. "Don’t ask me about Saddam, ask me about seeing peace prevail in Iraq and my sons stay alive." …

How mean of the US to force this trial on the peace-loving Iraqis, and even to insist that the verdict be announced before Tuesday’s elections.

According to Reuters (who are past masters at speaking for whole nations of people) the Iraqis don’t want Saddam Hussein to be punished for his past mass murders.

They just want peace. It’s obvious to all that the Iraqis are simply obsessed with getting peace. After all, Islam is the Religion Of Peace.

It’s all about forgiving and forgetting with the Iraqis.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, November 4th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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