Sunday, November 05, 2006

Overseas Reports on Saddam Verdict Differ from U.S.

European reports on the Saddam Hussein verdict read distinctly different than those stateside. Items not mentioned in the rosy U.S. reports on the historic verdict include:

a. As the judge read the verdict, Saddam shouted, denouncing the court, the judge, and the U.S. led occupation force in Iraq.

b. Few Iraqis think the trial will ease the sectarian conflict pushing Iraq to the brink of civil war.

c. Critics dismiss the trial as a form of victor’s justice. The first judge resigned over government interference and 3 defense lawyers were assassinated during the trial.

d. The judge ejected U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark at sentencing for handing him a note calling the trial a “travesty”.

Bush called the verdict "a milestone in the Iraqi people's efforts to replace the rule of a tyrant with the rule of law." Yes, clearly Mr. President.

And what made Saddam change his stripes post sentencing outburst in calling for his supporters to “reject sectarian violence and refrain from revenge against U.S. forces”? Could it be some of those non-tyrannical “tough” interrogation techniques?

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