Sunday, November 5, 2006

Rope. Tree. Saddam.

Saddam Hussein, convicted of crimes against humanity (along with two co-defendents). All three sentenced to death by hanging.

I cannot think of a single better use for a coil of rope.

There’s an automatic appeal to a nine-judge panel. The outcome of the appeal is not in doubt; they will sustain the conviction. The timing, however, is a bit up in the air. Once the panel sustains the conviction, Iraqi law says he must be executed within 30 days. This is an issue for the Kurds, who (quite understandably) would like to see Hussein convicted and sentenced for his genocidal actions against them (the Kurds). So the conventional wisdom is that the appeals panel will find a way to make their deliberations last just long enough for the next trial to finish.

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