Elaine Meinel Supkis
The kangaroo trials are done and now we are handing over Saddam to be executed even as dozens of our soldiers are executed each week in this fruitless war. The terms of his crimes echo our own crimes. The execution of the German and Japanese generals were also war crimes since no Allied general was executed for their own long laundry list of crimes. From day one, execution of leaders defeated in war are purely a matter of who wins not who is a criminal.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - As he awaits his final hour in a dreary, U.S. military-run prison down the street from one of his former palaces, confusion and secrecy shroud when and how Saddam Hussein will be hanged.
A court this week upheld a sentence that the man who ruled Iraq with an iron fist for three decades until the 2003 U.S.-led invasion be sent to the gallows for crimes against humanity.
But speculation over the timing of the historic execution is flying thick and fast amid conflicting reports about Saddam's transfer to Iraqi authorities for his hanging.
Quick! Kill him! No time to waste for fripperies like appeals! And of course, the fact that he is being executed for killing Iraqis rebelling against him set to the music of a million screams of the dying today as we fight the Iraqi people is appalling.
Since Saddam bowed to the UN and let the inspectors in and when they asked him to destroy his collection of Russian rockets, he obeyed only to be bulldozed into defeat by a totally, completely illegal American/British invasion...this is grounds for executing Bush and Blair. There is no doubt about this. Not even slight doubt.
All the leaked memos, all the recounting how Bush and Blair plotted to provoke a war and when Saddam cooperated, to still invade with zero reason, this is grounds for executing both men. There isn't the slightest doubt, a fair court would find both men guilty. All the generals who plotted with them PLUS all the generals who occupied Iraq and killed Iraqis are guilty and should be summarily hung after a short trial with no appeals.
This is how we do it and this should be done to us. But we won't do it because we are cowards and hypocrites.
Yamashita's troops continued to fight in the mountains despite suffering widespread disease and starvation. By the time Yamashita surrendered to the U.S. forces in June 1945, 210,000 Japanese soldiers were dead.
Immediately after the surrender, Yamashita, as commander of all Japanese forces in the Philippines, was arrested as a war criminal, charged with responsibility for atrocities committed by Japanese forces under his command against civilians in Manila. The evidence suggests, however, that he was unaware of the crimes committed by the members of the Naval Base Force who had refused to obey his order to move out of Manila, and that he exercised no command over those forces during the battle. Despite weak legal grounds for his personal responsibility for those crimes, the U.S. court martial conducted a swift trial and sentenced him to death on 7 December 1945. The background to this affair was General MacArthur's determination to turn the trial of the 'Tiger of Malaya' into a showcase. MacArthur, who had been Governor of the Philippines, fled shortly after the Japanese invasion in late December 1941. A group of American military lawyers who defended Yamashita appealed the verdict to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, the appeal was rejected by five to two. Yamashita was hanged in Manila on 23 February 1946.
To this day we celebrate our use of WMD of the nastiest sort on a nearly totally civilian population because it won the war for us. Period. Utility was all that mattered. I harp on the number of little girls, little boys, grandmothers and grandfathers, mothers and daughters, sons and fathers, dogs, cats, horses, birds, fish, trees, flowers, everything utterly annihlated in the name of victory! If this isn't a war crime, what is?
And it opened the door to a hideous room: the total annihilation of all living things. To this day, Buddhist nuns and priests pray the Lotus Sutra that talks about the death of all living things. They build memorials all over the world that are connected with nuclear war and WWIII.
Undoubtedly the trials were unfair because the Allies ruled out consideration of war crimes committed by their own forces -- the most obvious example of war crimes committed by the United States being the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (The A-bomb dropped on Hiroshima killed between 70,000 and 80,000 people in an instant, and an estimated 140,000 died by the end of 1945. In Nagasaki, 70,000 people are believed to have died by the end of the same year. Many more would die agonizing deaths in subsequent years from the blast, wounds, and radiation. It is a well-established fact that the killing of civilians in wartime is contrary to international law.) However, unfairness in the tribunals themselves does not invalidate the criminality of the numerous atrocities committed by Japanese soldiers during the Asia-Pacific War, nor does it call into question the responsibility of their commanders, including that of the Supreme Commander, Emperor Hirohito.
We just wanted to punish someone. We don't want to be punished ourselves. We want to be moral and high and mighty while killing the innocent if it furthers our own plans. We want to wear the robes of freedom and democracy while really wearing the rags of death and destruction. We don't want any accounting of our own crimes. Nor do any of the colonial powers! No empire wants to be judged for all are bloody as hell.
When the trap was sprung, the victim dropped from sight in the interior of the scaffolding. The bottom of it was boarded up with wood on three sides and shielded by a dark canvas curtain on the fourth, so that no one saw the death struggles of the men dangling with broken necks.
Von Ribbentrop entered the execution chamber at 1:11 a.m. Nuremberg time.
Far from being a moment for justice, it was turned by members of the Skull and Bones and the Illuminatists as well as other secret societies, into a magic moment to use for futhering the growth of power and glory of the ruling elites who also wante to use Goering's passage through the Gates of Death for their own ends. Goering evaded this by committing suicide so it fell to this man who is the equivelent to Condi Rice and Colin Powell to die in this bizarre fashion.
The Skull and Bones need hangings which is why Saddam is being hung even though this isn't the way the Islamics do this: I know for a fact, they either stone to death or chop heads off with swords! This 'hanging' business is pure Skull and Bones black magic!
And note when! Originally, they wanted him to die at the opening of super-magic year, 2007. This would be a great way to introduce us all to a year that has many magic number days of greatest potency. 7/7/7, the anniversary of the London bombings being just one.
And this should send a chill down the backs of every single general who supervised the prisons where we tortured and raped prisoners, all the massacres, all the shooting of civilians at road blocks, all oru war crimes:
Field Marshall Keitel, who was immediately behind Von Ribbentrop in the order of executions, was the first military leader to be executed under the new concept of international law - the principle that professional soldiers cannot escape punishment for waging aggressive wars and permitting crimes against humanity with the claim they were dutifully carrying out orders of superiors.
They are all guilty. And they know this. And yet they dare execute Saddam? If there are any gods left, they must be laughing darkly. The USA will roll onwards, oblivious to the obvious crimes we are guilty of until one hideous day, our own generals and political leaders stand in a row in a stadium to be shot in the back of the head. After all, the Chinese don't give a hoot about hangings.
That is, if anyone is alive at the end of WWIII.
The UN Commission on Human Rights has strongly opposed the Rwandan Government's intention to execute publicly on Friday 24 people convicted of involvement in the 1994 genocide.
A spokesman for the UN in Kigali, Jose Luis Herrero, said those condemned to die had not been given proper trials.
Lord help us! This whole attempt at morality coming from a very immoral country is raising a stench like a skunk run over on a highway at high noon.