Apropos of the report Saddam sentenced to hang (November 6), the ruling is deplorable because the trial and the court have been thoroughly biased. The trial could have been fairer had it been conducted in the International Court of Justice. This sentence could worsen sectarian violence in Iraq and its neighbourhood. This is not to say that Saddam should not be prosecuted for his atrocities. However, the dramatic sentence in the present case is only aimed at improving George Bush’s chances in the impending US elections.
The sentence is a rigged verdict delivered after a farcical trial. The British and American governments should realise that if executed, this sentence will be seen as a judicial assassination and they will be responsible for the future consequences. The UPA government should condemn this travesty of justice, and must intervene to get this sentence rescinded. It must mobilise opinion against this cruel act by the US.
Isn’t George Bush also guilty for fooling the international community about Iraq’s WMD programme and killing thousands of innocent people and American troops in Iraq. Bush himself is a WMD.
Saddam is considered a hero by Iraq’s Sunni population, and his death will widen the sectarian gap. Iraq will return to normalcy only after American troops leave.
Saad Ullah Khan
Make army attractive
Apropos of the editorial Lethal neglect (November 6), because of a continuing shortfall of officers, the officer-jawan ratio in the Indian Army has fallen. There is a need to make a career in the army more attractive so that it attracts suitable candidates for officers’ posts.
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