Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Saddam on trial

Saddam will be on trial for his murderous reign. With or without weapons of mass destruction, the end of his tyranny is the result of the neocon idea that collaborating with Middle Eastern dictators did not bring the world a lot of progress, peace and love.

What I have been missing though in the opposition against US involvement in Iraq, is the call for Saddam's return as Iraq's supreme leader. The people in the 'peace' camp want the Americans out of Iraq, but I always miss the next step in their reasoning: restore Saddam himself. Apparently they feel that the US did not have any legitimacy in invading Iraq, and if you took that position three years ago you still take it today.

The 'leave Iraq now' movement has always been implicitely a 'restore Saddam tomorrow' movement too. It always meant: we don't care what foreign dictators do unless we find a conspiracy which will lead us to Zionists and American conservatives. Madman Mugabe is not an issue at the moment. The genocide in Darfur is not an issue. Abu Ghraib still is.

'The landscape of Baghdad was haunted by the earless, the handless, the tongueless, the widowed and orphaned.'

This is from an article in U.S. News about the psychological toll of living under a brutal totalitarian regime for a quarter century.

'When Iraqi-American psychotherapist Ilham Al-Sarraf visited Iraq two years ago, she stayed in her 7-year-old nephew's room. In a place of honor at the head of his bed was a clock with a prominent picture of Saddam on its face. Unable to sleep with the dictator's image looming above her, Al-Sarraf turned the clock to the wall.
The next morning, when her nephew came in to gather his clothes, he asked her why "Baba Saddam"--Father Saddam--was facing the wall. Her brother and sister-in-law frantically tried to explain it away as a clumsy accident. What if the little boy told his teacher that his American aunt had acted disrespectfully toward Saddam Hussein?'

And:

'A minor incident, perhaps, but one that reveals many of the psychologically most debilitating forces at work in a brutal totalitarian state: the intrusive cult of personality; the ruthless indoctrination of children; the pervasive atmosphere of paranoia; the frightening potential for one inconsequential event, remark, or gesture to become grounds for severe reprisal.'

Scene from hell. The peaceniks don't care. They - the leftists, the anti-authoritarians - are suddenly deeply concerned about the legitimacy of international law and the rules that govern the interaction between states. Suddenly they care for the sanctity of Iraq's borders. They do not care for the sanctity of its population, that physically and mentally has been tortured by a regime of sadists.

It will be fascinating to see how these peaceniks will swallow the flood of horror stories that will brought in the case against Saddam.

Wait for the stories.

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