The trial of Saddam Hussein, was first described by Iraqi Journalist Nermeen Al-Mufti, as being a "diversionary tactic" by the occupying powers and "Judenrat" government inside of the green zone.
Al-Mufti claimed, in the 2005 edition of the Egyptian weekly Al-Ahram: "The Iraqi government needs to draw attention away from its failure to provide security to the Iraqi people", and thus the trial began.
The "Diversionary Tactic" was backed up by the Independents 23/6/2005 State of the Nation report, which claimed that "more young people today are illiterate in Iraq than in previous generations," and that "Almost a quarter of children between the ages of six months and five years suffer from malnutrition."
The report also stated that at least "78 percent of households in the country have an unreliable electricity supply" with the numbers in Baghdad rising to "92 per cent." "37 per cent of urban households and only 4 per cent of rural ones have a sewage connection."
The farce continued and no sound was made by those of a limited vocabulary, when in 2006 a report was published by the Association of Psychologists of Iraq, who stated clearly that the on-going occupation and violence has left the countries children seriously traumatised.
We must have missed the Iraqi governments press conference, to announce that there has been a dramatic increase of people seeking out psychological help for their children, with many suffering from high levels of stress, brought on by the fear of kidnapping and insecurity.
The West must have fallen silent to the cries of the more than 1,000 children, who participated in this study, with an estimated 92 percent being found to have "learning impediments", brought on by the fear of guns, bullets, death and a general "fear of the US occupation."
Whilst the world cheers the death of Saddam Hussein, the Iraq Solidarity Campaign’s website published several article’s in Feb 2006 which stated that "2 million Iraqi families" are living below the poverty line and many "war widows are being forced to separate their families".
In Baghdad alone, it has been estimated that there are about "250,000 widows, out of a population of several million" and it is believed that nearly "400,000 Iraqi children, are now suffering from a condition called "wasting", which is characterised by chronic diarrhoea and high deficiencies of protein".
No talk has ever been made of "executing" war criminals such as convicted embezzler and world renowned liar Ahmed Chalabi, or the notorious "Sgt. Santos Cardona", "a military policeman from Fullerton, Calif.", who "served in 2003 and 2004 at Abu Ghraib as a military dog handler."
According to TIME magazine in November 2006, Sgt Cardona was relieved of duty and demoted from rank "After pictures of Cardona using the animals to threaten Iraqis were made public". "He was convicted in May of dereliction of duty and aggravated assault, the equivalent of a felony in the U.S. civilian justice system."
Shortly after Cardona had served his sentence, the US expressed the desire to return this man to Iraq, where they had planned to use his expertise in training the Iraqi Police, who were described by the Iraq Study Group as neither having the "training nor legal authority to conduct criminal investigations".
The report included that "Iraqi police cannot control crime, and they routinely engage in sectarian violence, including the unnecessary detention, torture, and targeted execution of Sunni Arab civilians."
With the method’s of Cardona being apparently encouraged inside of Iraq, let’s not be too surprised by the revelation on the 26/12/2006 "that 12,000 Iraqi police officers have died in the line of duty since the US-led invasion in 2003 - one death for every 16 of the 190,000 officers in the country."
Another surprise is that the Iraqi courts should not want to hear the testimony of Tariq Azziz, who told his lawyer that he wished to testify in defence of his comrade and could provide information to the courts, that would cause "as much embarrassment inside the country as it would outside".
But for what reason should we mourn the former president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein?
Roads to Iraq, one of the countries prolific writers pointed out the following in an article on the 27/12/2006. When he was deputy, Saddam helped to nationalize Iraqi oil fields, which caused a lot damage to foreign oil companies.
Through the revenues brought in by the oil, Saddam helped the country launch a campaign against illiteracy with illiteracy levels dropping to less than 10%. The Iraqi "Ba’athist" government also issued a law which made education available and compulsory to all children and more importantly, this was provided for free.
This allowed Iraqi children the chance to read and write, instead of selling cigarettes in the streets. As Felicity Arbuthnot stated at the 1998 Fire Brigade Union conference, "UNESCO said that Iraq was one of the only countries in the world where, even if you were born in absolute poverty, with illiterate parents you could come out of the education system either a brain surgeon, archaeologist or whatever you wished to become."
RIP Saddam Hussein !
Hussein Al-alak is a former member of the British based Campaign Against Repression and for Democratic Rights in Iraq (CARDRI) and is now chairman of the Iraq Solidarity Campaign.