Sunday, November 05, 2006

Victor's Justice

Later today, a court in Baghdad will hand down its verdict in the trial of Sadaam Hussein. Does anyone really think he might be acquitted? And if he is, does anyone really think they won't get him on some other charge? C'mon, the laundry list of accused crimes is so long, he'll hang for something.

That's just victor's justice. From the moment he was captured, Hussein was destined to die at the gallows, or in exile, or in jail. He'd never be free to walk the streets of Baghdad again.

That should scare us. Using kangaroo courts to convict someone. But he deserves it. Maybe its good, that even when someone like Hussein deserves death we give the pretense of legality by running a trial. Or maybe we should be even more scared. Sorta like Nuremberg.