Former Prime Minister VP Singh on Tuesday said that deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein should not be given capital punishment.
In a statement in Lucknow 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 issue. Singh said the US war of occupation had cost Iraq 5.5 million lives and most of them had been innocent children, women and civilians.
He said 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.
He said the Bush administration owed the entire responsibility of 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.
The Jan Morcha Alliance convenor Raj Babbar also condemned the death penalty to Saddam. Babbar, questioning the authority of the court to pass such a verdict, said that the script of the verdict was written in Washington by Bush and pronounced in Baghdad to kill Saddam.
He said the Bush regime had committed "a crime against humanity" by illegally occupying Iraq and forcing a regime change on the pretext of Iraq, possessing weapons of mass destruction. Babbar said the presence of 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.
He said the latent purpose of the US intervention and occupation of Iraq was the capture of the oil field of the Gulf region with the support of its ally-Israel.
The US doctrine of pre-emptive strike seeks "peace through war" and not peace "through avoidance of war". He said the futility of such a doctrine was manifest in Iraq where peace eluded more than ever, where Shia and Sunni divide had resulted in civil strife and huge bloodshed.