9/23/2004

Hey, he's never lost an election before

Why settle for the lesser evil (Allawi) when you can have the real thing?

Saddam to Declare Candidacy for Iraqi Elections

Overthrown Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who was arrested by US forces last December, reportedly plans to run as a candidate in the Iraqi elections scheduled for January 2005.

Saddam's lawyer Giovanni di Stefano told Denmark's B.T. newspaper that Saddam decided during one of their discussions that he would declare his candidacy for the elections.

Stefano said that there was no law that prevented Saddam from appearing on the ballot. He added that Saddam hopes to regain his presidency and palaces via the democratic process.

Contrary to the statements of Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, Stefano claims, "Saddam has no chance to be tried before the elections. Moreover, no international law prevents him from coming forward."

Saddam's lawyer defends that the ambiguity in Iraq will favor Saddam at the polls. Stefano remarked that a recent Gallup poll indicates that 42 percent of the Iraqi people want their former leader back.


Hey, Saddam was OUR sonafabitch long before Allawi was our sonofabitch. And Daniel Pipes, President Bush's official representative to the Muslim world, does think Iraq needs a strongman...

This whole war would have been a lot cheaper if we'd just given Saddam $100 billion.

2 comments:

Dan said...

Noting that someone willing to defend Saddam Hussein is not likely going to have that many moral prognostications on such subjects, should be interesting to see if he can debate Sadr and Zarqawi.

Adds a whole new meaning to the phrase "lethal competition," no?

Aziz Poonawalla said...

Dan, I'm honestly surprised you'd take a dim view of the need for defense counsel for Saddam Hussein. Is the case against him so weak that we should avoid even the pretense of a fair trial?

This kind of character association - "he's saddam's lawyer, so he must be a bad personTM" - is unlike you, especially given that we both share such a passionate commitment to a free and just society based on rule of law.

Just saying "hes a bad guy" and thus no trial for him is a totatalitarian centralization of government the likes of which you and I both disagree with profoundly in principle.