Friday, December 02, 2005

Should Saddam moveon from Ramsey Clark?

Christopher Hitchens at Slate writes about why having Ramsey Clark on the team may be a bad move for Saddam.

The first charge being brought against Saddam Hussein is that in 1982, after his motorcade came under fire near the mainly Shiite town of Dujail, he ordered the torture and murder of 148 men and boys. It's a relatively minor item in the catalog, but there it is. The first prosecution witness in the case, Wadah al-Sheikh, has actually testified that he knows of no direct link between Saddam and the killings. The defense team has to hope that it can prove the same, or perhaps suggest that no such massacre occurred. Not so Ramsey Clark. In a recent BBC interview, he offered the excuse that Iraq was then fighting the Shiite nation of Iran:

He (Saddam) had this huge war going on, and you have to act firmly when you have an assassination attempt.

So Mr Clark's approach will be to try and justify the torture and murder by Saddam. Rather odd position for a famous figure of the anti-war movement, isn't it? Particularly in the light of the kerfuffle about American forces using "torture" methods.

Maybe it's time for "Ramsey Clark - Not In Our Name!"


At 10:39 AM, Blogger Mark said...

If the left wasn't so dangerous they would be funny!


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