As this case is delved into deeper it is obvious all kinds of muckraking will occur and evidence surface.
A trial that many have suggested the timing of which was purposefully chosen to increase the chances for another term in office for President George
Bush, could have a more interesting outcome than many have thought - perhaps even for the President himself.
Undoubtedly as this trial proceeds more secrets will out, after all, what has Saddam to lose? It is surprising though that even at such an early
stage such an explosive story rear it's head.
Saddam Could Call CIA in His Defence
"Evidence offered by a top CIA man could confirm the testimony given by Saddam Hussein at the opening of his trial in Baghdad Thursday that he knew
of the Halabja massacre only from the newspapers."
"A report prepared by the top CIA official handling the matter says Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the massacre, and indicates that it was
the work of Iranians."
The CIA officer in question is Stephen C. Pelletiere, the CIA's "senior political analyst on Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war." and so surely cannot
be dismissed as one accused of hating America.
His original article entitled "A War Crime or an Act of War?" is available here:
and includes statements such as, "That study asserted that it was Iranian gas that killed the Kurds, not Iraqi gas."
I would like to include another quote of his and state that in all posts I have made/may make relating to this subject I am especially in agreement
with the first two sentences below:
"I am not trying to rehabilitate the character of Saddam Hussein. He has much to answer for in the area of human rights abuses. But accusing him of
gassing his own people at Halabja as an act of genocide is not correct, because as far as the information we have goes, all of the cases where gas was
used involved battles. These were tragedies of war. There may be justifications for invading Iraq, but Halabja is not one of them."
So if not recognisable as justification of war then the same facts must preclude Saddam from prosecution based on such charges.
I sincerely hope that not all charges brought against this man, in the stampede for breakfast time election winning news, are as flimsy. If this man
escapes justice due to the desperation of another to remain in office as President of the United States of America it will be a great crime indeed.