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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Political Theatre

While most of the world can agree that Saddam is a "very bad man" and deserves to be punished, his trial is going to be viewed as a poorly written one-act play:

Several said the most positive aspect of the trial for crimes against humanity was that it was quickly adjourned, an indication of the extent of their concerns. "We have our fair trial reservations," said Miranda Sissons, a senior associate with the International Center for Transitional Justice, which offers help to countries dealing with past abuses.

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"I was troubled to see the prosecutor make what was effectively a lengthy, pretty political statement that wasn't necessarily legally grounded," said Richard Dicker, director of Human Rights Watch's international justice program. "It didn't appear that the defense lawyers, the accused, the prosecutor and the judge were all operating from the same playbook in terms of the rules of the session," he told Reuters.

My contention is not that this is unfair to the accused, but rather that it is unfair to the countless victims. Ironically, the trivial manner in which this trial is being staged, does nothing but diminish the crimes against humanity for which it serves to bring justice to.

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