Thursday, July 01, 2004

Saddam in Court

Whether one favored our war in Iraq, or not, the appearance of Saddam in court should have been a red-letter day. Instead it was one more foulup by the Bushes. They refused to hand him over to the international tribunal on crimes against humanity -- because they fear with good reason .that one day it might pass judgment on Americans.

So they hired a nephew of the swindler Ahmed Chalabi to read to Saddam a list of his atrocious deeds. All of them were no doubt true Nearly all dated from the years when he had the full support of the U.S. including the elder Bush, Cheney, Halliburton and Rumsfeld. In court today, Saddam declined to accept them, holding the court to be illegal and pointing out that he still had not been allowed to see a lawyer. He was particularly angry about Kuwait, which he still thought was taking oil that belonged to Iraq. He did not mention that he’d gotten a green light from the elder Bush - or thought he had.

According to CNN, early reaction from news outlets in the Moslem world were generally sympathetic to Saddam. That is appalling. What is also appalling is that anybody who criticizes the Bushes is immediately accused of treason, of blaming America first, and even of liberalism. Lord have mercy on us.