FORMER PRIME Minister VP Singh today said deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussain should not be given capital punishment.
In a statement here on Tuesday, Singh asked the Centre to oppose the Iraqi court decision and take diplomatic initiatives to bring like-minded countries on a common platform to oppose the judgement. The US war of occupation had cost Iraq 5.5 million lives and most of them had been innocent children, women and civilian, Singh said.
He further said the genocide was carried on the pretext of Iraq being in possession of weapons of mass destruction- the veracity of which could never be testified by the IAEA inspectors. The Bush administration was solely responsible for such a large-scale devastation. In such circumstances, the Centre should stand by Saddam and the Iraqi people, whose friendship which India had been time tested, Singh said.
Babbar also condemned the sentence. Babbar, questioning the authority of the court to pass such a verdict, said the script of the verdict was written in Washington by Bush and pronounced in Baghdad to kill Saddam. He said Bush regime had committed “a crime against humanity” by illegally occupying Iraq and forcing a regime change there on false grounds. Babbar said presence of the US military apparatus on the Iraqi soil was a constant reminder for the third world countries that the era of direct politico-bureaucratic subjugation- the era of imperialism- has not ended. Capturing oil fields of the gulf region, with support of its ally Israel, was the latent purpose of the US occupation of Iraq, he said.
The US doctrine of pre- emptive strike seeks “peace through war” and not peace “through avoidance of war”.