Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Saddam Hussein trial travesty, and the Euro

Let me preface this by saying that I believe Saddam Hussein deserves to pay for killing millions of Iraqi people. But yet again, the wisdom in the manner of ensuring this, has been starkly absent in the whole proceedings against him. Consider the reason Wesley Clarke wanted to be his defense lawyer:
The United States, and the Bush administration in particular, engineered the demonization of Hussein, and it has a clear political interest in his conviction. Obviously, a fair trial of Hussein will be difficult to ensure — and critically important to the future of democracy in Iraq. This trial will write history, affect the course of violence around the world and have an impact on hopes for reconciliation within Iraq.

The one thing that has upset a lot of people is not the fact that Saddam Hussein got deposed, but the fact that he fought America's proxy war against Iran.
The press has proven incapable of even noting the obvious irony of the charges that Washington has chosen to level against its prisoner. Saddam Hussein is being tried for the deaths of 148 men and teenage boys in the predominantly Shia village of Dujail, following an assassination attempt against Hussein that occurred there in 1982, during the Iran-Iraq war.

For the Bush administration to try him for this crime—wreaking lethal vengeance against a rebellious population in wartime—underscores the hypocrisy and absurdity of the entire enterprise. Why is Bush not in the defendant’s dock for precisely the same crime? What, after all, was the barbaric siege of Fallujah carried out by the US military just a year ago? After the deaths of four American mercenaries in the city, Fallujah was targeted for a savage reprisal

Another worrisome thing to consider is this; the real reason of going to war against Iraq. Not weapons of mass destruction, but a simple economic one; euros. That's right. Not oil, (well, just in part) but euros. I have not had time to request permission for reprint, so I will lead you to the link to read it for yourself. Saddam Hussein in 2002 switched to euros, instead of petro dollars. The European community is a larger consumer than the American one and the euro is not debt-laden as the dollar is. Check out the Dollar vs Euro!
UPDATE:
As you can see in the comment section, my permission was requested to have this posted on Orato.com, so here it is, lookin' pretty good with picture and everything;
The Saddam Hussein Trial Travesty, and the Euro, with a little added info. I only need to edit that I'm not in Canada and change my bio..hmm..of course, now the word is out what my name is and everything.. oh well.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Yohay Elam said...

I have no doubt that Saddam Hussein is a criminal, and I think he deserves this sentence. Unfortunately, the US and also my country are involved in terrible things like Fallujah, though I think in a lesser scale than Saddam's crimes.

Euros?
That was very interesting. Thanks for the info.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Cecilia Jamasmie said...

Ingrid,

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8:47 PM  
Blogger Sothis said...

Ingrid, BRAVO. You put it perfectly. I still can't get the image of that hack Rumsfeld shaking Hussein's hand back in the 80s. The US helped build him up to what he became, then turned tail when it blew up their face. They did the same with Manual Noriega in Panama. Best estimates now show that Bush's actions have killed more Iraqi civilians than Hussein did in 24 years. But those in power with the guns hold the "war crimes" trials, now don't they? The hypocrisy is stifling.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Cyberotter said...

Good Job Ingrid. I have a posting or two somewhere about this very issue. After the sanctions and oil for food programs destroyed his economy, Saddam had no choice, but to start making oil deals in euro. He may have recieved the key to the city of Detroit, but now he is going to swing for the deaths of 148 civilians. I wonder how many Americans are going to face the same fate for 300,000 Iraqi deaths.

1:52 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

what will it take to have bush, cheney, rumsfeld, et al tried for war crimes? can't happen here in america- will anyone step up and take us over?

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Ingrid, I "preached" way back when that Saddam's decision to switch from US$ to Euros was the straw that broke the camels back. Interesting that you will bring it up again.
I haven't read your linked article yet, but as I understand it, it is that the US dollar was and is connected to all trade concerning oil. If this monopoly would be broken, by Euros, Swiss Francs, Dinars or anything else, the US$ would take a plunge and land on its "actual" face value.
That of course can not happen, the world economy would go into a dizzy spin. So yes, Saddam wrote his death sentence by converting to Euros, his other atrocities are just colors on the backdrop to the scenery.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Betmo, Zee, interesting that in a way, this is 'old'news to those who are inclined to read alternative news sources. And of course, the culprits here are untouchable, nothing will ever happen to them, I'm kinda feeling weirded out about the fact that this seems to be a brave new world scenario; we're little cogs doing our thing only as much as our arms can stretch and our eyes can see. There are other 'forces' at work who are really in control and in charge and it's down right scary when you give it a lot of thought. Zee, if you are so inclined/wouldn't mind/respond to a special request, could you repost that one that you wrote on it? It's pretty apropos for people to see it written about all over the blogosphere. Who knows, we can spread a little news around farther than our eyes can see for a change,
Ingrid

7:38 PM  

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