jeudi, janvier 04, 2007

Actualité - Proceedings and Death Verdict Against Saddam Hussein by a Puppet Court Are Illegal, Unfair, and Invalid

The proceedings and death verdict against Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq, by a court of the puppet government under the U.S. Occupation in Iraq are illegal, unfair and invalid.

The court is a product and instrument of U.S. aggression. As the 1945 Nuremberg Charter states, "To initiate a war of aggression is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."

The U.S. invasion of Iraq was made on the basis of lies and in violation of the UN Charter. Contrary to the claims of Bush, the Hussein government of Iraq did not have any weapons of mass destruction, did not have any connection with al Qaida and did not pose any threat to the U.S.

Under the Nuremberg and UN Charters, everything that has followed the U.S. aggression is illegal, from Mr. Bremer's laws under the so-called coalition authority to the so-called new constitution of the puppet government.

Saddam Hussein is supposed to be a prisoner of war of the U.S. under the Geneva Conventions and is in fact under the custody of the U.S. military. In this connection, he cannot be tried under the U.S. Occupation for any alleged crime committed before the war of aggression unleashed in 2003.

The unfairness of the trial of Saddam Hussein has been underscored among others by the series of murders of his lawyers (as well as the lawyers of his co-defendants) and by the politically motivated substitution of judges. Even the timing of the death sentence on Hussein on Sunday, November 5 is meant to influence the impending November 7 midterm elections in favour of the Republican party of Bush.

The charge against Hussein and his co-defendants for having allegedly murdered 143 people in retaliation for a failed assassination attempt on his life in 1982 pales in comparison to the far more colossal crime of aggression perpetrated by the U.S. against the Iraqi people.

The U.S. has already killed more than 650,000 Iraqi people since 2003, not to mention the death of more than 1.5 million Iraqis, including more than 500,000 children, during the 12-year period of bombings and economic sanctions from 1991 onwards. The killing rampage of the U.S. is unabated. The U.S. has also incurred nearly 3000 U.S. death casualties and nearly 40,000 wounded casualties.

U.S. imperialism is the plundering and murdering monster in the eyes of the Iraqi people and the people of the world. As the imperialist chieftain, Bush should be brought to court for having committed the worst possible crime, which is aggression. His crimes against humanity are incomparable to the charges being levelled against Saddam Hussein who has emerged as a patriot and martyr in the eyes of so many Iraqis and Arabs.

The brutal occupation of Iraq by the U.S. and its accomplices is inciting the people of Iraq to wage armed resistance to attain national liberation and democracy.

(International League of Peoples' Struggle - Prof. Jose Maria Sison)

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