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07. Nov 2006

Saddams dødsdom - et irakisk syn eller to

Iraq has not been this bad in decades. The occupation is a failure. The various pro-American, pro-Iranian Iraqi governments are failures. The new Iraqi army is a deadly joke. Is it really time to turn Saddam into a martyr?
Således Riverbend, der har svært ved at mønstre den store begejstring over Saddams forestående henrettelse og mere end antyder, at der nok var tale om en slags skueproces:
When All Else Fails, execute the dictator. It’s that simple. When American troops are being killed by the dozen, when the country you are occupying is threatening to break up into smaller countries, when you have militias and death squads roaming the streets and you’ve put a group of Mullahs in power- execute the dictator.

Everyone expected this verdict from the very first day of the trial. There was a brief interlude when, with the first judge, it was thought that it might actually be a coherent trial where Iraqis could hear explanations and see what happened. That was soon over with the prosecution’s first false witness. Events that followed were so ridiculous; it’s difficult to believe them even now.

The sound would suddenly disappear when the defense or one of the defendants got up to speak. We would hear the witnesses but no one could see them- hidden behind a curtain, their voices were changed. People who were supposed to have been dead in the Dujail incident were found to be very alive.

Judge after judge was brought in because the ones in court were seen as too fair. They didn’t instantly condemn the defendants (even if only for the sake of the media). The piece de resistance was the final judge they brought in. His reputation vies only that of Chalabi- a well-known thief and murderer who ran away to Iran to escape not political condemnation, but his father’s wrath after he stole from the restaurant his father ran ...
A Star From Mosul giver en meget kort og nøgtern vurdering:
What are my reactions on the trial? NONE. I didn't even watch it. I didn't want to. It won't change a thing, not to the better at least.
Baghdad Treasure finder afgørelsen logisk, men har svært ved at se, at den ændrer noget:
Although I am happy that Saddam is going to be executed, I think it's not going to change the real mess in Iraq. It is something like Zarqawi's death, which changed nothing. I think most Iraqis, especially those who lost relatives by Saddam's tyranny, are happy that he is sentenced to death. But at the same time, the same people are still sad and depressed due what is going on there. It is what I call bittersweet.
Khalid Jarrar mener (i lighed med en del andre), at timingen handler mere om amerikansk indenrigspolitik end om noget som helst andet og mener heller ikke, Saddams dødsdom eller henrettelse kommer til at spille nogen rolle i Irak:
Saddam is nothing but a political card American politicians are playing against the American public.

The day of the fall of Baghdad was the day that Saddam stopped being important to me, he lost the power and became history.

So now after three years of the shameful situation Iraq is in now, all what Bush's administration has to offer the public to gain some voted is Saddam's death.

And what exactly is his death gonna do to improve Iraq or life in Iraq? The sectarian tension or the security situation? The electricity or water? The curfews or the blocked streets? The puppet government or the dirty politicians? The loans of the billions stolen from Iraq as cash or oil since the invasion by Iraqi or Americans politicians?

Nothing at all.
Alle disse kommentarer via Healing Iraq, der selv giver dommen denne kommentar med på vejen:
So the tyrant will be hanged. A moment that Iraqis awaited for years, but now that it's here, it seems to be tasteless. Not that it will fail to bring a much-deserved sense of justice to the families of his victims, but because of the unprofessional and highly politicised manner with which it was handled.
Og hvad mener vi så selv om det, her på bloggen?

Først og fremmest mener vi, at du skal læse Healing Iraqs indlæg om dommen og Irak i dag - det giver et opdateret men noget deprimerende vue over det Irak post Saddam vi kan vente os, og er hundrede gange mere værd end, hvad jeg selv kunne diske op med. Og nåja, så er jeg naturligvis personligt temmelig ligeglad med, om Saddam lever eller dør - det er næppe dét, der er livets eller blot verdens store spørgsmål lige nu.