The Occasional Muse
My humble opinion on current events
March 29, 2003
Saddam's War Crimes are
story from UPI today. Here's the opening paragraph:
Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed
al-Sahhaf said Saturday efforts were growing to try President George W.
Bush as a war criminal before an international criminal court. The Iraqi
minister said "there are law professors from Latin America, the Arab
region and Europe" joining the effort.
Quick, someone call Ramsey Clark - no doubt
he'll offer his services to America's enemy. He's already done so much for
But back to the UPI story. The good Iraqi
minister claimed that 140 Iraqis were killed and 351 wounded by airstrikes
in Baghdad in just the last 24 hours. He also said that "U.S. forces
targeted an ambulance carrying a wounded man in Najaf, killing the
patient, the driver and a medical assistant." Quipped al-Sahhaf,
"Congratulations to the villains. They now started hitting
The Brits are also war criminals. Al-Sahhaf
"accused British forces of bombarding food depots in the southern
city of Basra where more than 75,000 tons of food and other essential
stuffs, including milk, sugar, cooking oil, tea and detergents, were
Those Basra Brits are nasty. In fact, they
are so vicious, they actually tried to stop Saddam's loyalist goons from
firing at Basra civilians as they tried to flee the city.
Basra is still largely controlled by the
Saddam Fedayeen, who fight in civilian clothes and use civilian Iraqis as
human shields. These brave soldiers for Saddam cower behind women and
children as they courageously fight the Great Satan. Naturally, the
civilians don't appreciate this, and thousands have tried to leave the
city. A first batch made it, but the second was fired on by the Fedayeen.
Those dastardly Brits placed themselves in harm's way to save Iraqi lives
by inserting themselves between the Fedayeen and the civilians and
And it's the British who are the war
Iraqi Trade Minister Mohammed Mehdi Saleh
also got in on the act. After the British failed "to achieve their
military targets, they started to hit civilian areas, kill innocents and
burn citizens' food," he said, apparently with a straight face. He
added that "this is the dirty war that the U.S. and Britain are
leading and which expresses their moral defeat."
The Iraqi government is spouting nonsense.
Coalition forces are not targeting ambulances or civilians or other
noncombatants. How could they? The whole world has them under a microscope
- soldiers can't pick their noses without some outsider seeing it.
Kofi Annan, the useless Secretary General
of the useless United Nations, recently preached that the attackers are
responsible for the safety of civilians. That's true only to an extent.
Attackers cannot target or knowingly attack noncombatants, that is true.
But, and I've said this before, if a country knowingly places its
civilians in harm's way, that country is responsible for those civilians,
not the attacking country. Kofi never mentions this, because it indicts
Saddam Hussein and acquits the United States.
Saddam is the real war criminal. For
months, he forced Iraqi civilians to move next to legitimate military
targets like army bases and weapons depots. He's placed artillery and
missile launchers in residential areas. He's used civilian buildings like
schools and hospitals to house military personnel and supplies. He dresses
his soldiers like civilians. He forces Iraqi men to fight by threatening
their families with rape, murder, and torture. MSNBC reported today that
dead Iraqi men have been found with bullet holes in their head, victims of
a regime that forces them to become suicide bombers. If the men refuse,
they die. He dresses his soldiers in U.S. Army uniforms, and if any Iraqi
soldiers attempt to surrender to these bogus coalition forces, they get
shot. Worst of all, Saddam mistreats prisoners of war, murders them,
parades them before cameras, and tortures them. He has broken and grossly
violated numerous conventional rules of war, while coalition forces have
done their very best to abide by them.
And what do they get for their troubles?
Pious speeches from grandstanding diplomats and baseless accusations from
a dishonorable enemy.
The sad thing is, that Iraqi minister is
probably right about one thing. There are enough left-wing wackos and
America-haters out there to try to accuse President Dubya of war crimes.
Meanwhile, the true criminal sits in Baghdad, free from any threat of
international sanction. Who else but the U.S. and Britain would accuse
Saddam of war crimes? France? Russia? Ain't gonna happen.
Bottom line: The U.S. and its some fifty
allies are giving Saddam what he deserves, while securing America and the
world from a dangerous threat.