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Saddam's henchmen to go on trial...


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Nov 14, 2004
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BAGHDAD (AFP) - [size=-1]Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s top henchmen will start going on trial for crimes against humanity next week, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said, as he warned violence would increase after Iraq (news - web sites)'s landmark elections in January.

"The trial will begin next week of the symbols of the former regime who will appear in succession to ensure that justice is done in Iraq," Allawi told the interim national assembly in Baghdad. Saddam, who with 11 of his top Baathist regime lieutenants was seized by US forces, is being held at Camp Cropper, a vast US base near Baghdad's international airport, Human Rights Minister Bakhtiar Amin confirmed. Government officials had said Saddam, who could face the death penalty, would go on trial after the January 30 elections, billed as the first free Iraqi vote in half a century.

So with these guy's going on trial do you think that will make the situation in Iraq better or worse for the elections?

Within the article the Iraqi interm prime minister is quoted as saying:

"Terrorist strikes and attacks will not stop after the elections. On the contrary they will increase because this is a fight between good and evil," he told parliament.

That doesn't sound good- thought things were suppose to get better after the elections.

Iraq is a country made up of a lot of different tribes on Arabs who all traditionally hate each other. (This makes sense if you think how barren the lands of Iraq are and how its indigionous people would have had to battle for resources over the centuries)
Terrorism will be the least of the troubles as elections will not stop this hatred. A government will only last for so long and eventually the country will decend in to civil war, just think of how Yugoslavia went.
Ironically the dictatorship of Saddam Hussain may have been the only thing holding Iraq together for all of this time. There is no Good and evil in this case and saying so is just using emotive language to try and keep the west on your side.
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