The trial against
Saddam Hussein is a show trial
By Carsten Kofoed,
Spokesman of the Danish Committee for a Free Iraq, July 2, 2004
The so-called trial against
Saddam Hussein and 11 other leaders of the former regime in Iraq has
started. Just like the transfer of power, this trial is also a farce
from end to end, even though there is being talked about an
"indictment" in order to give the show trial in which the accused
have been denied access to lawyers just a bit of credibility. The
sentence against Saddam Hussein has already been pronounced in
Washington. Not even his detention can the "sovereign" Iraqi
government handle itself.
The trial is illegal
because it is a result of the illegal war against Iraq that has led
to an US-installed puppet regime whose actions lack any form of
legitimacy. This illegitimate "government", headed by Iyad Allawi,
who boasts of his age-long work for the CIA, has set up a "court",
which is now going to judge the, from a legal point of view, current
president of Iraq.
But no matter the crimes
that have been committed by Saddam Hussein and Co. during their
reign, this does not give that pack of collaborators, who arrived in
Iraq in April 2003 sitting on the US tanks, and today are only in
the positions they are because of the US military presence in Iraq,
the slightest right to judge neither the political leaders of the
former Iraq nor any Iraqis.
On the contrary, these
Iraqis are to be regarded as traitors. They supported the aggression
on Iraq and are now part of the torturing occupying power, which the
great majority of Iraqis want to see leave Iraq right now.
The show trial against
Saddam Hussein has several objectives.
Firstly, it is meant to
justify the occupation of Iraq and all its crimes by "making a
showdown with Saddam Hussein".
Secondly, it is part of
Bush's occupation and election propaganda towards the American
people, who are getting more and more sceptical of the occupation of
Thirdly, it is a showdown
with the whole independent Iraq that was born in 1958, and which
since 1991 refused to accept US dictates, an Iraq standing firmly on
Iraqi control over Iraqi oil, but which has now been transformed
into an US colony.
And fourthly, it is part of
the US and Israeli criminalisation of Arab nationalism of which the
Baathist government was a representative, and which the US and
Israel want to bury because it, to a certain extent, opposes their
interests in the oil-rich region.
In fact, the "trial"
against Saddam Hussein shows the total US hegemony over the Iraqi
people as such. By the help of its lackeys in Baghdad the US can
judge even the president of Iraq.
Both Saddam Hussein and
other political prisoners in Iraq should be released. They cannot be
held responsible by a bunch of Iraqi Quislings who do not represent
Iraq and the Iraqi people.
Today, it is only the Iraqi
resistance, who by liberating Iraq can ensure justice and freedom to
the Iraqi people and initiate possible trials against Saddam Hussein
and Co. But when the bells of liberation strike in Iraq, it is
surely not him and the Baath Party that will first be dealt with by
an Iraqi liberation council. As in Denmark after the German
occupation, the turn will first come to traitors and
collaborationists. And Saddam Hussein is not one of them.