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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 

Saddam is as defiant as ever

It wasn't unexpected, of course. His trial took place today, though disappointingly enough, it appears to have now been ajourned until November 20.

While we're at it, here's something that can refute the claim that Iraq -- and certainly Saddam himself -- were "secularist", as some PC-loonies are putting it:
Saddam — holding a copy of the Koran he brought with him into the session and held throughout — replied quietly, "I said what I said. I am not guilty," referring to his arguments earlier in the session.
Now does someone who's truly secular really take possession of the Koran so willingly? Me, I doubt it.

Meanwhile, I'm hoping that Saddam will be sent to the chair for his crimes committed as early as the mid-70s. But that's exactly why I hope this trial will resume on schedule, and be completed without further interruptions. Trouble is that, as of this writing, the press, led by the awful ABC News, is predictably trying to take Saddam's side in the trial. As Newsbusters points out:
ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas set up a Tuesday World News Tonight story, about Saddam Hussein's trial set to start Wednesday, by noting how “many Iraqis are eager to see him in the docks, finally held accountable for atrocities committed by his regime.” But then came the inevitable “but,” as in: “But already, human rights groups are worried about the fairness of the trial.” In the subsequent story, reporter Jim Sciutto in Iraq devoted most of his piece to how Iraqis are angry at Hussein and glad he's going on trial. Sciutto quoted one man who argued that “he should be tortured the same way he tortured the people.” Sciutto, however, ended with the concern earlier highlighted by Vargas: “Human rights groups doubt the former dictator will get a fair trial, with five inexperienced judges unable to resist pressure for swift justice, and his legal team with little time to answer the charges.”
Read the whole posting to see the ABC transcript, and also to see just how CBS dealt with the trial, which was just as bad.

Others on the subject include Michelle Malkin, Urban Grounds, Stuck on Stupid, Bright and Early, T. Longren, La Shawn Barber, Sister Toldjah, The Malcontent, Christian Coalition Blog, Conservative Outpost, Obligatory Anecdotes, The Political Pitt Bull, The Gray Tie, Pardon My English, SoCal Pundit, Don Surber, Electric Desert, Right Voices, Macmind, Donkey Stomp, California Conservative, Neo-Neocon, A Blog for All, Small Town Veteran, Alabama Watch, Mark Nicodemo, The Political Teen, Okie on the Lam in LA. Plus, here's a satire from Political Satire Fake News.

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