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October 18, 2005


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Impatient for the hangin', are you?

So-Called "Austin Mayor"

Eric Posner, 2005:
Whether Saddam is executed or imprisoned for life, the outcome will be (substantively) fair, regardless of whether the trial is procedurally fair. The only possible unfairness would be an acquittal or short sentence. To be sure, the trial should be procedurally fair, to the extent that logistics, politics, security, and administrative convenience permit. But procedural fairness does not exist in a vacuum; it must be weighed against other considerations. HRW-style legalism is what led to the Milosevic trial, which has been dragging on for almost four years with no end in sight. If procedural fairness as HRW understands it requires a four year trial of Saddam, then better to do without procedural fairness.

Sound familiar?

Lewis Carroll, 1865:
'Let the jury consider their verdict,' the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.

'No, no!' said the Queen. 'Sentence first - verdict afterwards.'

'Stuff and nonsense!' said Alice loudly. 'The idea of having the sentence first!'

'Hold your tongue!' said the Queen, turning purple.

'I won't!' said Alice.

'Off with her head!' the Queen shouted at the top of her voice.


Would we need a trial to prove that Bush has committed epic war crimes too, killed thousands of innocents? Or what about Sharon? How about Putin in Chechnya? Paul Kagame or Bill Clinton? How about the Congress when it voted for war? Or Blair? Or Mubarak for all those he has had tortured? Or the Saudis, Syrians, Algerians...

Honestly, all are guilty and deserve to be strung up tomorrow! God, I only wish. If the word "justice" had any meaning, we would give them all the Ceausescu treatment. They are all dogs. Guilty beyond any doubt of the crime of believing they are above the people, as though their actions are greater then ours. They believe they have the right to act as Gods, without regard for the suffering of humanity. We do not need a trial to prove this, it is obvious on its face.

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