Partial Justice Is No Justice


For crimes he committed against humanity, Saddam has been sentenced to death by hanging.

“The former Iraqi leader was convicted over the killing of 148 people in the mainly Shia town of Dujail following an assassination attempt on him in 1982.

“However, some legal experts have argued that Saddam Hussein’s ongoing trial for atrocities committed against the Kurdish population should be allowed to reach a verdict before he is executed.”

But the “legal experts” and the international media are missing the bigger picture: Partial justice is no justice at all. His execution, even if carried after the verdict of his Kurdish case, will deprive the world of a man who could well be tried for crimes he committed in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. During the eight-year war, through international backing, he used chemical agents not only against the Iranian army, but also against Iranian civilians.

The execution of Saddam means the end of a process of justice, which, if pursued ideally, could have even dragged high-profile warmongers such as the Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, for his backing of Iraq’s army and chemical program during the war. Unsurprisingly, however, Rumsfeld’s involvement seems only to be the tip of the American iceberg: Donald Reigle, the head of a Senate Committee reports:

UN inspectors had identified many United States manufactured items that had been exported from the United States to Iraq under licenses issued by the Department of Commerce, and [established] that these items were used to further Iraq‘s chemical and nuclear weapons development and its missile delivery system development programs.

The report continues:

The executive branch of our government approved 771 different export licenses for sale of dual-use technology to Iraq. I think that is a devastating record.”

Unfortunately, this devastating record doesn’t end here. America, through countries like the Saudi Arabia and Italy, conducted most of its aid in a bid to make sure Iraq won; because, Iraq’s defeat in the war, in Rumsfeld’s words, “would be contrary to U.S. interests.” America even voted against a Security Council resolution condemning Iraq’s use of chemical agents during the war.

But it wasn’t only these countries that were involved in making the bloodbath happen. Germany, U.K., France and Spain have all had their fair share of monetary profits in return for the blood of the 20,000 Iranian soldiers and thousands of civilians who lost their lives.

It seems as if today everyone has forgotten about the souls of these individuals and those who lost their lives as a result of the Iranian retaliation. This rotten system, which does almost nothing other than ensure corporate benefits, is endangering the percipience of humankind. We are no longer noticing all the bad that’s being done because bad is no longer “bad.”

Take, for example, the “aid” that is being given to the poor countries of the world. For every dollar given in aid to poor countries, 13 dollars are squeezed out in various forms; and this voracious corporate appetite is being supplied form the stomachs of the 780,000,000 people who starve to death every year due to a shortage of food. These are the people who neither contracted the aid nor received any portion of it.

Peace, amity, humanity—all are becoming mere political gibberish and are losing their true values…to me at least.

Further Reading:

Tags: , , , , , , ,


13 Responses to “Partial Justice Is No Justice”

  1. 1 ninglun November 8, 2006 at 3:36 am

    Thoughtful writing, which I have noted here.

  2. 2 dream.dragonfly November 9, 2006 at 8:43 am

    Welcome to reality!

    Absolute justice in the context of politics and conflict almost never prevails and in fact only perpetuates the conflict. The winners dictate the terms either directly or indirectly.

  3. 3 The Artist November 10, 2006 at 1:59 pm

    Enjoyed the read, best wishes, The Artist

  4. 4 Kurt November 12, 2006 at 3:58 am

    Thank you for this post. I agree with you completely.

  5. 6 Hana November 13, 2006 at 11:39 pm

    interesting blog

  6. 7 Ranya November 16, 2006 at 5:14 am

    Read the article, excellent writing. I’m becoming quite fond of your writing style, quite honestly. And of course, I totally and specifically, agree with the very last paragraph in your article. The one crucial point of reality, how sadly as it is.

  7. 8 Jamie Stern-Weiner November 19, 2006 at 1:26 am

    “The execution of Saddam means the end of a process of justice, which, if pursued ideally, could have even dragged high-profile warmongers such as the Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, for his backing of Iraq’s army and chemical program during the war.”

    Right, and that’s exactly why PM Maliki is pushing for Saddam to be executed sooner rather than later. Saddam committed truly awful crimes (most of them whilst being supported by the West) and deserves to be punished. But he, like every other human being on the planet, is entitled to a fair trial. He did not recieve one and so the verdict is illegitimate. I wrote about it here.

    Good post.

  8. 9 Sue November 23, 2006 at 7:07 pm

    Excellent post. I enjoyed reading it. Thank you.

  9. 10 speakeezie December 12, 2006 at 6:56 am

    I agree with everything you say here. I really feel it is time for ordinary people all over the world to stand up and say enough is enough. It is always the poor and the innocent who are first to suffer the consequences of misguided, self-interested political strategies played out by little boys with big toys. It is amazing how a handful of deluded meglomaniacs in each country can do so much damage to so many people over such a long period of time. There is not an ounce of true wisdom among the lot of them and they are a disgrace to humanity – all of them. They call themselves leaders but they are the blind leading the blind.

  10. 11 Oskar Syahbana December 15, 2006 at 8:04 pm

    A very good writing. Keep up the goodwork (note: added to my RSS list!)

  11. 12 yuchankit December 22, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    Hello,I had found that your blog is very interesting.
    Therefore,I’m interested to do a link exchange with you.
    My blog is at
    Please leave your blog’s link and it’s description so that I can place it in my blog.And if you like,would you please put my blog into your Technorati Favorites and I would do the same on your blog.
    I hope you will agree since this will benefit us.

    And please comment my blog so I can know where’s my mistake and try to rectify it.

  1. 1 Corporate proxy solicitation regulations section Trackback on May 8, 2018 at 6:56 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


I no longer update this weblog due to academic and other preoccupations. However, feel free to browse through its older entries. Thanks.
This is a weblog where a journalism enthusiast Afghan student writes about hot contemporary issues from an Afghan perspective. Enjoy your visit! Contact: mail . myscribbles @ gmail . com

Pictures from Afghanistan

Blog Stats

  • 67,131 Visits Since March 2006

%d bloggers like this: