Unconventional thinking about the Middle East.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Interesting legal opinion on the validity of the Dujail trial...

Michael Scharf discusses the Dujail trial on NPR's All Things Considered; Listen here (follow the link). He brings to our attention a 298 page single-spaced judgment--the longest such judgement ever written in a war crimes trial, according to Scharf--that was authored by the presiding judges in the Dujail tribunal and hails it as a major precedent. Shouldn't those who have cast aspersions on the trial be tested on the ins and outs of this document; naturally they all would have read the legal judgement before hurrying to pass their own, right?


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Even if God himself sent a message to the world saying that the trial was fair and justice was delivered, Saddam's lovers, ALLAHUMA SHATTIT SHAMLAHUM will still find excuses to rant against the decision.

Remember, Saddam was put to death by a Kurdish judge and the decision was implemented by sympathizers of Muhammad Baqr al-Sadr (may he rest in peace), so to the filthy lot that call themselves Ba'thists, this was a Kurdo-Shi'a operation against the Sunnis. You know what I say? screw 'em... I don't care.

I wish the same fate for Raghad, Hala, Sajidah, 'Adnan al-Dulaimi, Harith al-Dhari, Mish'an al-Jiburi.... ohhh take it easy, all these charcters are Sunni, ask me if I give a rats' ass.

12:56 PM, January 02, 2007

Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Hi anonymous,

See my response to an interviewer's question:

"FP: As for the execution itself, there was that famous mobile phone video that got out, there were people shouting “Moqtada, Moqtada, Moqtada” and other things. Was the execution seen in Iraq as a sectarian event?

"NK: Good, let it be seen as a sectarian event. I think that will suck out the sectarian poison a little bit. Why does someone follow Moqtada al-Sadr? The typical Sadrist is an angry person, who feels dispossessed, a Shiite, but a poor one who is not part of the Shiite elite. The chanting and shouting and taunting at the execution told him: All of these little revenge fantasies that you have in your head have been fulfilled.

"Civil war will only happen in Iraq if the Shiites are sufficiently angry to act against Sunni provocation. For Shiites, cheering the hanging of the Sunni tyrant will ameliorate the sting of the Saddam years. As for the Sunnis, they are sufficiently angry at losing power and Saddam being arrested, and they’ve been acting on that anger by joining the insurgency in large numbers or voting for certain political parties. I don’t think much has changed because of the hanging. It’s not as if we’re suddenly going to have more angry Sunnis—anyone angered by the series of events since 2003 is already angry."

The rest of the interview here:




6:07 PM, January 04, 2007


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