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Sunday, August 21, 2005

In the mail, thoughts from Saddam!

In a story on problems negotiating the Iraqi constitution, MSN has this side story:
In Jordan, two newspapers published a letter from Saddam Hussein in which he vowed to sacrifice himself for the cause of Palestine and Iraq, urged Arabs to follow his path and implied he would become a martyr for the Arab cause.

The letter was delivered through the International Committee of the Red Cross to an old friend of Saddam’s now living in Jordan.

“My soul and my existence is to be sacrificed for our precious Palestine and our beloved, patient and suffering Iraq,” the letter to an unidentified friend said.

“It is not much for a man to support his nation with his soul and all he commands because it deserves it since it has given us life in the name of God and allowed us to inherit the best.”

Saddam’s trials on war crimes charges begin this fall.
As I read this, I wondered if Augusto Pinochet has a Red Cross monitor assuring that he is given a fair trial. They're both ex-dictators sure to die in prison if convicted at trial. And they're both being tried by governments that replaced their regimes and have a strong interest in their suppression. On the other hand, Pinochet is identified as right-wing. And Saddam as the anti-Bush. If the Red Cross is a typical international organization - and it does little to discourage the impression - I think we know whose human rights it's more likely to be concerned about. In short, I'm not waiting for headlines about a Pinochet letter appearing in an Argentine daily.

But I am curious as to why the left hasn't done more to reject Saddam, given all the God references.

posted by gbarto at 11:56 AM  


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