Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Stench Of Hypocrisy

Tariq Aziz is a man who knows too much

"The decision by Iraq's high tribunal to pass a death sentence on Tariq Aziz, once the international face of dictator Saddam Hussein's regime, over "the persecution of Islamic parties", has the feel of retribution about it. After all, this sentence follows from the 15-year sentence meted out to Aziz last year for his part in the killing of dozens of merchants in 1992 and a further seven years for his role in the forced displacement of Kurds from northern Iraq during Saddam's rule – quite enough to ensure that he will never leave jail.

Aziz, now aged 74, is a Chaldean Christian, who along with the Assyrian Christians, have suffered largely unreported collateral damage from the war. Aziz's presence as the only Christian in a secular Ba'athist dictatorship was a factor apparently exploited by Saddam, with veiled threats being made periodically to his family.

That is not to excuse Aziz on the grounds that he was only "following orders" (which hasn't been a defence since the Nuremberg trials in the 1940s), but it may explain why the "Andrei Gromyko" of Iraqi politics stayed even when it was obvious to him, if not Saddam, that the US and Britain were deadly serious about invading."

"Could it be, then, that the death sentence is partly an insurance against any future Iraqi government showing clemency? Tariq Aziz is old and unwell, but he has the mother of stories to tell. Throughout the 1980s, when Saddam was seen as an invaluable bulwark against the Iranian ayatollahs, a succession of western politicians and businessmen paid homage at the court of Tariq Aziz.

Donald Rumsfeld was even pictured watching Iraqi rockets being fired on the Fawr Peninsula. Perhaps Aziz, who could tell the whole story of western involvement in Iraq, before, during and after the war, simply has to be got rid of."

Hanging a frail old man who certainly has only a limited future and would spend his last days in prison anyway. Real butch. Most certainly a symbolic act urged on by the country that invaded, occupied Iraq and slaughtered at least 1,400,000 of it's citizens, and is desperate to cover up it's filthy past in the region spanning several decades.


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