Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Shooting Yourself in the Foot

With the shooting yesterday of Khamis al-Obeidi, three of Saddam Hussein's defense councels have been murdered so far. There is reason to believe that the assassins are Shiite militiamen, belonging to a religious faction that was persecuted under the dictatorship. They are clearly murdering Saddam's lawyers because they view them as his friends.

To the murderers, I must say: You. Silly. Ignorant. Bastards. You're shooting yourself in the foot.

If you knew a tiny bit about the outside world, then you'd realise that the only way that the ex-dictator you hate so much is ever going to get a sentence and any punishment is if a civilised trial can be held. The eyes of the world are upon that courtroom. By shooting the lawyers, you are stalling the process, allowing Saddam to reach a ripe old age in jail before actually being declared guilty of his crimes.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you're over-simplifying things. If the killers are indeed Moktada al-Sadr's people, then their primary purpose in Iraq is to attain a position of power, especially in post-occupation Iraq, and the exact fate of Saddam right now isn't the most important thing.

Being a militia, they'd clearly benefit from on unstable country, and probably even from an outright civil war. Given that, they'd be opposed to regular political and judicial processes. The constant assassinations around the Saddam case clearly undermines stability and rule of law, which is what they want.

This doesn't rule out that Sunni groups would be responsible, because they pretty much want the same thing...


22 June, 2006 00:16  
Blogger Martin said...

It's hardly a coincidence that it's the defense that is getting killed.

22 June, 2006 07:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Logic and religious nutcases doesnt mix very well.

23 June, 2006 18:15  

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