25 October, 2020

No Tears, No Mercy

The court's sentence no longer matters to Iraq. It has moved on.

No Tears, No Mercy
He lived by the gun, and if Saddam Hussein gets his way, he will die by the gun. Not the noose for this uncommon criminal. In what may well prove his final act of defiance, the former Iraqi dictator is demanding a warrior's execution by a firing squad. The rumblings from the embattled corridors of power in Baghdad suggest Saddam's political heirs may soon oblige him. Just as Saddam's first trial on charges of crimes against humanity was subject to political interference, so too is the appeals process, with sources close to Iraqi PM Nuri Kamal al-Maliki saying they'll push for a swift conclusion that could see Saddam executed as early as March.

The apparent collapse of the Iraqi high tribunal's ambitious plans to try Saddam on as many as a dozen of the worst calamities to befall Iraq since he seized power two generations ago is related to an arguably greater tragedy—the gradual disintegration of Iraq itself. The fear of all-out civil war, and the overarching need for America to extract itself from a quagmire of its own making, now...


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