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Krauthammer: The Iraqis just screw up everything!

Joshua Holland: Charles <i>almost</i> gets it …
Apparently, Charles Krauthammer almost gets why Saddam Hussein's sham trial and botched execution -- actually "murder" is the correct word for killing someone without due process -- was so problematic …
If the death penalty was ever deserved, no one was more richly deserving than Saddam Hussein.
For the Iraqi government to have botched both his trial and execution, therefore, and turned monster into victim, is not just a tragedy but a crime -- against the new Iraq that Americans are dying for and against justice itself…
Instead of exposing, elucidating and irrefutably making the case for the crimes of the accused -- as was done at Nuremberg and the Eichmann trial -- the Iraqi government lost control and inadvertently turned it into a stage for Hussein.
After a brief review of Hussein's trial by kangaroo court -- he doesn't characterize it as such, but the implication is there -- he adds of the hanging itself:
Joshua Holland is a staff writer at Alternet and a regular contributor to The Gadflyer.
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