Thursday, July 3, 2008

Fiat Justicia Ruat Caelum (William Grigg)

William Grigg on how the crimes of the war criminal in the White House dwarf those of the former head thug in Iraq:

What was the offense for which Saddam Hussein was executed?

Most people in a position to answer that question -- those with an attention span superior to that of the typical goldfish -- would probably say that Saddam suffered the long drop to the end of the rope as punishment for his multifarious crimes against humanity.

That list would include waging aggressive war against Iran, the use of chemical weapons in that conflict and against his own subject population, or for other mass murders and acts of domestic terror.

The correct answer, as former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi recalls, is that the formal charge for which Saddam was hanged was not the murder of millions or even thousands, but rather the execution -- following a proper trial, conducted under established law and settled standards of due process -- of 102 Shi'ite men from the village of Dujail.

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(The title means "Let justice be done, though the heavens fall.")

And for more on Vincent Bugliosi, listen to this interview on KFAN in Minneapolis.

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