Trial of the century

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The Telegraph reports:

The trial of Saddam Hussein will be shown on live television, Iraq’s national security adviser said yesterday.

The trial will show the Arab and Muslim world “that this is going to be a fair, just trial with a defence counsel in there, with a proper prosecuting counsel as well there,” Iraqi national security adviser Muwaffaq Rubaie told CNN. “And everybody will watch this trial live on television.”

Tune in to see if Saddam appears all clean-shaven and nice, as Paul McGeough earlier observed. Or maybe he’ll be in his famous underpants.


Posted by Tim B. on 08/02/2005 at 12:14 AM
    1. What no guys in balaclavas standing behind pointing guns at his head? He’ll be in unfamiliar territory.

      Posted by crash on 2005 08 02 at 01:22 AM • permalink


    1. But it’s not the European Court of Justice: what chance does poor old Uncle Saddam have of getting a fair trial?  It’s the Rosenbergs all over again, I tells ya.

      Posted by cuckoo on 2005 08 02 at 01:46 AM • permalink


    1. If this reality television show is going to rate, there will have to be an AO, uncut version. Perhaps the court mates could loll around discussing the size of Hotdogs Hussain’s dick or else play ringhole on his arse. What fun! I can hardly wait.

      Posted by mr magoo on 2005 08 02 at 01:57 AM • permalink


    1. Popcorn futures.  Time to invest in Iraqi popcorn futures.

      Posted by Achillea on 2005 08 02 at 01:59 AM • permalink


    1. can’t wait to see him demonstrate the glove don’t fit.

      Posted by larrikin on 2005 08 02 at 02:21 AM • permalink


    1. Clean-shaven with a dark business suit a shined shoes is recommended by defense experts, usually.  Juries are impressed by respectibility, especially in dictators.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2005 08 02 at 02:45 AM • permalink


    1. OT but a cack!

      I’ve been following the Michael Graham suspension with a sense of disbelief, and found this pearler below on the 630WMALsite:

      Hi Michael,
      I could only hear a portion of your show this morning, but I have been bothered by what I heard all day. While you were very clear to say that not all Muslims are terrorists, you said that Muslims belong to a terrorist organization just because they are Muslim. You declared that Islam is a terrorist religion (and pointedly excluded Christianity or Judaism from this criticism) because 99% of the terrorists are Muslim. Other religions also have splinter groups devoted to using terrorism (the IRA and certain anti-abortion groups come to mind), yet you didn’t label their entire religion a terrorist organization. While I could understand moral outrage directed at a religious group asking them to distance themselves from the terrorists actions of some of their members, I heard only hatred in your words. Appealing to the goodness that exists in people might be able to soften hearts and bring about change. How are your inflammatory comments useful to helping the world or compatible with the tenets of your faith? I was so discouraged by your show.

      Could this be our Margo?

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2005 08 02 at 02:50 AM • permalink


    1. What happened to Milosovic? Has that trial finished? If not thank God the EU or the Internationalists won’t be trying Saddam.
      I wonder what the Middle East will make of justice?

      Posted by gubba on 2005 08 02 at 02:53 AM • permalink


    1. A Fair Trial.
      It seems so innocuous to ask for this. And in a country where documented records are kept, witnesses available, surveillance video cameras whirring away – you can adher to the evidentiary rules which we have come to expect in Australia, the UK, and the USA.
      Saddam will get a trial involving all of this, as did Milosevic.
      Hicks’ case is different. Again today we were regaled by the guardians of fair play which the ABC hosts (Fran, Kerry) seem to see themselves as. This case is not going to be tried in that civilian fashion. It is going to a Military Tribunal.
      Now really – who doubts that Hicks is a dickhead who has “illegally” (and that term is flung around often enough in reference to Bush and Blair’s militry adventure) taken up arms for a group like Lascar E- Toiba in a foreign country, and has been caught? Futher, who doubts that in our courts you could pin nothing on him? We are engaged in a struggle with people who wish there to be no rules governing their ghastly attacks, but who take advantage of the tendency of our society to employ copious rules in dealing with miscreants, criminals, and anti-social scum.
      They are assisted in this process by the agendum of the 7.30 Report on ABC, as well as most of the “comment” programs run by the ABC cabal.
      Tonight Kerry ran (Exhibit A) a story which has run all day about the Military Tribunals being condemned not just by lefties like him buy by some involved in the legal processes. The law must be paramount in this instance.
      The next story (Exhibit B) was about musicians on location in an aboriginal area, putting on a show based around the life of one of the Stolen Generation. Wait a minute. Legally, the stolen generation is a fiction. No case has proven that anyone was Stolen. So why not apply the stringency of legal procedure, the cleansing acid of evidentiary rules to this? Why be shy about calling terrorists by that name, while persisting with references to a fictitious group?
      Because it suits the Agendum Runners.
      I have referred before to the ABC as our National Shitcaster, and will continue to do so as long as this sort of behaviour is evident. Hijacking the debate via propaganda techniques is unacceptable.
      They do us all damage by their actions.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 08 02 at 06:39 AM • permalink


    1. Do you think he’ll be calling George Galloway as a character witness?

      Posted by rexie on 2005 08 02 at 12:07 PM • permalink


    1. You can clean ol’ Saddam up all you want, dress him up in a nice suit and comb his hair, and he will still do his best to turn that trial into a circus.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 08 02 at 05:49 PM • permalink


    1. Here’s hoping he’s fairly tried, fairly sentenced, and fairly shot.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2005 08 02 at 06:03 PM • permalink


    1. Nilknarf is that your spelling or hers?

      Posted by crash on 2005 08 03 at 05:06 AM • permalink


    1. #12: And fairly soon, too.

      Posted by PW on 2005 08 03 at 05:46 AM • permalink


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