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    PM Iyad Allawi says that US forces have agreed to surrender custody of Saddam Hussein to the Iraqi government in two weeks. Presumably other Baath regime members will also be surrendered at this time.

    So what will this bring? How long will the new government wait before starting trials, and what will the charges be? Perhaps more important, what will the potential sentences be? Will their be a jury system, as in the West, or will the trials take the shape of tribunals (and if so, will they be military or civilian?)

    Probably the current mood of the Iraqi people, especially in Baghdad, is better described as frustration, despair, uncertainty, rather than the oft trumpeted anti-Americanism. They, rightly or wrongly, expected the coming of American forces to mean the end of terror, violence, uncertainty, and they are understandably disappointed, even angry and indignant, that this is not so. It has been theorized that when the Iraqi Government accepts the reins of power from the American administration that the Iraqi people will line up behind their leaders and aid themselves in building their country, pursuing the extremists and returning stability.

    It has been stated many times that the West has such a poor understanding of Arab/Muslim society that they are poorly prepared to build a government and societal entity that the people can identify with. There is no democratic tradition in the Middle East, excepting Israel, and so even talk of democracy is alien to them. Perhaps "freedom" should be substituted - that seems to be a universal concept.

    The power hand-off draws ever nearer - we should all perhaps say a prayer for the Iraqi government and people.
    Mens Est Clavis Victoriae
    (The Mind Is The Key To Victory)

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    How quickly things change-it now seems that the US has not agreed to turn over Hussein or any other prisoners, and that rather Iraqi PM Iyad Allawi is demanding their release.

    PM Allawi demands Hussein hand over
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    • #3
      How confident are we that they have adequate and secure facilities for holding him without someone getting to him with a car bomb?

      Dr. S.
      Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Doctor Sinister
        How confident are we that they have adequate and secure facilities for holding him without someone getting to him with a car bomb?

        Dr. S.
        I'm sure that is part of the concern by the senior commanders in Iraq. Other possible concerns:

        pro-Hussein infiltrators in the Iraqi law enforcement, justice and prison services, possibly planning to help Hussein (and others) to escape.

        Will the Iraqi judiciary have a coherent code of laws to adequately and appropriate try Hussein and the Baathists?

        Will there be instances of abuse of Hussein and Baathists by Iraqi jailers?

        This why it would be better if Hussein and his cronies were tried at The Hague, those this probably will not sit well with the Iraqi people
        Mens Est Clavis Victoriae
        (The Mind Is The Key To Victory)

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        • #5
          If it's left to the Iraqis to handle the prosecution, it'll take bloody years...

          Dr. S.
          Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Doctor Sinister
            If it's left to the Iraqis to handle the prosecution, it'll take bloody years...

            Dr. S.


            It will be bloody but it wont take years as soon as they get there hands on him they will tear him apart.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Doctor Sinister
              If it's left to the Iraqis to handle the prosecution, it'll take bloody years...

              Dr. S.
              In fact, I tend to wonder if they may not keep him "on display" for a period of time - possibly a "this could be you" sort of charade. The best thing will be to build their case as well as may be done, then try him and pronounce judgement. If he is tried by jury rather than tribunal, they identity of the jurors must be closely guarded, to prevent intimidation. If sentenced to death, the sentence should be swiftly carried out and his remains disposed in utmost secrecy, with no kept as to where. Conversely, if imprisoned,iit should be in solitary at an unknown location. Given his age (67 or 68) he will not likely be imprisoned for more than ten years or so.
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              (The Mind Is The Key To Victory)

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