WaPo tells off human-rights protesters about Saddam trial

posted at 2:02 pm on December 29, 2006 by see-dubya

The nitpicking about Saddam’s trial is too much for the Washington Post’s editorialists, who tell the human-rights groups to stop whining about procedural details:

…there is something unreal about the cries of foul from human rights groups demanding perfect procedural justice from a country struggling with civil war, daily bombings and death-squad killings. The reality is that by the trial’s end, there was no significant factual dispute between prosecution and defense: Saddam Hussein acknowledged on national television that he had signed the death warrants after only the most cursory look at the evidence against his victims. That, he testified proudly, “is the right of the head of state.” Exactly what would a perfect trial be capable of discovering?

Even though they oppose the death penalty, they’re pretty sanguine about Saddam’s necktie party:

it’s hard to imagine the death penalty existing anywhere for any crime and not for Saddam Hussein — a man who, with the possible exception of Kim Jong Il, has more blood on his hands than anyone else alive.

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WaPo showing a modicum of sense? Are you sure we’re making it to 2007?

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 2:05 PM

We all know he understands violence.

Consider these to be…. negotiations that are culturally tolerant.

Does that make your heart happy?

Ringmaster on December 29, 2006 at 2:07 PM

Too bad WaPo doesn’t take a long look in the mirror.

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GT on December 29, 2006 at 2:08 PM

You have to wonder how these people would defend Hitler today if he had been captured alive. Yuck!

EF on December 29, 2006 at 2:23 PM

I didn’t hear much from human rights people when Saddam was slaughtering his own people, now they cry foul trying to save the foulest.

infidel on December 29, 2006 at 2:28 PM

Saddam Hussein might have been a very bad mand who did very bad things, but it still turns my stomach when someone is going to be hanged!

So, RIP, Saddam.

Don’t let the door knob hit ya’ where the dog should’a bit ya’.

William

William2006 on December 29, 2006 at 2:29 PM

I didn’t hear much from human rights people when Saddam was slaughtering his own people, now they cry foul trying to save the foulest.

infidel on December 29, 2006 at 2:28 PM

“infidel,”

Maybe that’s because “It was the United States’ fault,”

(wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

As in “If it weren’t for the United States then … ”

or

“If it weren’t for George W. Bush then … ”

Of course it could be those waskawy Wepubwicans.

Then again, do they ever weigh in on those weewy weewy bad Chwistians and Jews? Or doze waskaway Zionists? Ow doze waskawy Consewvative weedoze?

Anyway, it sure does appear that the “Human Rights” watchers have a lot to say to the United States, but we don’t hear much about their criticism of the truly bad guys.

William

William2006 on December 29, 2006 at 2:34 PM

The WaPo doesn’t get off scot-free, even though they made some sense in this case.

Now, in another case, they let a real idiot opine today.

JammieWearingFool on December 29, 2006 at 2:41 PM

Saddam and Kim Jong Il? Sounds like they’ve almost tapped into The Axis of Evil. Bush was right?

Pablo on December 29, 2006 at 3:06 PM

I resent your use of my name and demand reparations!

I’m going to watch Saddam hang, if it’s shown, and i’m going to enjoy it immensely.

Scot on December 29, 2006 at 3:06 PM

Kudos to WaPo’s editors…a rare thing, indeed.

flipflop on December 29, 2006 at 3:24 PM

And this sterling example of the WUSSIFICATION of the REPUBLICAN PARTY is exactly why they don’t fight back at stupid liberals, compromise their “values” at the drop of a hat and INVITED TED the swimmer KENNEDY to write the education bill……

Saddam Hussein might have been a very bad mand who did very bad things, but it still turns my stomach when someone is going to be hanged!

Man up and grow a pair would ya? Or at least grow ONE.

Soothsayer on December 29, 2006 at 5:06 PM

Against my better judgement, I watched 5 minutes of Hannity and Colmes, and Colmes trots out some UN nitwit who proceeds to — yes — condemn the trial of Hussein as “imperfect” in some unnamed way.

I guess that would be to whom the WaPo is speaking?

Jaibones on December 29, 2006 at 11:51 PM

The Wash. Compost editorial is proof positive that every once in a while a blind dog will hunt, or whatever the saying. Sometimes the truth must be so loud that even the lefties at the Compost can’t tune it out………

ritethinker on December 30, 2006 at 2:25 AM