posted on Jul, 3 2006 @ 03:39 PM
posted by madnessinmysoul
(1) Can anyone tell me why Saddam isn't being tried in International Court [at The Hague?] Can I get any good reasons for it? (2) Iraq has no real
set of laws, so how are they trying him? (3) Did they set up a legal code before a constitution?
[Edited by Don W]
(1) I believe it is because the United States which is in control of Iraq - or was when Saddam was captured - determined to put him into Iraqi
custody. The US has not signed The Hague Convention relating to the International Court of Justice. One reason, it is Republican philosophy not to
surrender US sovereignty to anyone. You know, "Get the US out of the UN and get the UN out of the US."
The second reason is Henry Kissinger has been charged with war crimes and if the US signs the Treaty, we would be obliged to turn him over to the
authorities to stand trial for his role in the unlawful bombing and invasion of Cambodia. When Henry the K dies, and if the Dems are in power, we may
sign the Treaty. I have heard the US has “forced” Iraq to forego such rights to charge any US person with a war crime. Just in case somebody gets
mad at Bush or Cheney.
(2) Aside: Almost every country has a “set of laws” and you’d be surprised to know even in China, Russian and so on, the people are very much
accustomed to law and order and to orderly procedures, including Iraq since time immemorial. The KGB handler of FBI spy Robert Hanssen was called back
to Moscow, tried for misuse of KGB funds, but found not guilty for lack of evidence. There is a trial in North Odessa, Russia, over the Beslan school
massacre, going on right now. Not to fear, Russia does not have the death penalty. Barbaric, they say. Heck fire, our own Bush has executed 154 men in
his Texas tenure. Him no stranger to death. Other people's. Hmm? Iraq uses the Napoleonic Code which does not have jury trials.
(3) Yes. It pre-existed Saddam Hussein. See (2), above.
[edit on 7/3/2006 by donwhite]