A day after our U.S. military recovered the bodies of two missing American soldiers, and after eight months of one of the most unbelievable, and dare I say, obnoxious, trials of our day, Iraqi police reported that one of Saddam Hussein's lawyers was shot to death after he was abducted from his home by men in police uniforms.
Saddam Hussein and his seven co-defendants, who are charged with crimes against humanity, specifically for arresting hundreds of Shiite men, women and children, torturing some to death and killing a total of 148 in Dujail in 1982, have gone on a hunger strike to protest Khamis al-Obeidi's death 'until international protection is given to the defense team,' according to Saddam's top lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaimi.
Iraq's Interior Ministry and the United States for
al-Obeidi's death, as the AP
quotes: "We strongly condemn this act and we condemn the
killings done by the Interior Ministry forces against
Iraqis." He also said U.S.- led forces bore responsibility as
well because the war has allowed Shiite militias to gain influence
in Iraq. Sunnis allege the Interior Ministry has been
infiltrated with Shiite death squads.
While the prosecution presented its final arguments this week, demanding the death penalty for the former dictator, and his attorney used the killing of al-Obeidi as an occasion to blame America, the murdered attorney was actually one of about a dozen killings in one of several recent mass abductions. It is not evident that he was killed because he was Saddam's lawyer.
We have to be real. Of course, Saddam Hussein’s lawyer is going to blame America. It common practice. What’s obnoxious is when Americans blame America…just listen and you’ll hear it.
Sharon Hughes - Sharon is the President of The Center for Changing Worldviews, and hosts Changing Worldviews TALK Radio which is heard
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