The Judge on Saddam's trial has to be removed
It's been two years, we all know that Saddam is guilty as sin and yet the Judge allows this kind of shannanigans to take place. What's wrong with this dude? Saddam began with a verse from the Muslim holy book that reminds believers who aspire for heaven that God knows who actually participated in jihad, or holy war. He then complained that he had to walk up four flights of stairs in shackles and accompanied by "foreign guards" because the elevator was not working. The chief judge, Rizgar Mohammed Amin, said he would tell the police not to let that happen again. "You are the chief judge," Saddam snapped back, speaking like a president to a subordinate. "I don't want you to tell them. I want you to order them. They are in our country. You have the sovereignty. You are Iraqi and they are foreigners and occupiers. They are invaders. You should order them." Saddam also complained that some of his papers had been taken from him. "How can a defendant defend himself if his pen was taken? Saddam Hussein's pen and papers were taken. I don't mean a white paper. There are papers downstairs that include my remarks in which I express my opinion," he said. Amin ordered bailiffs to give Saddam pen and paper. Oh, he should just be beaten everytime he makes a request as far as I am concerned. Saddam's trial should be as fair as the trials conducted under his rule. This trial is too lenient for his ass, and I am not the only one who thinks so. The court's tolerance of vocal complaints from the defendants drew sharp criticism from Shiite politicians who contend the tribunal is trying too hard to accommodate an ousted dictator who should have already been convicted and executed. "The chief judge should be changed and replaced by someone who is strict and courageous," said Shiite legislator Ali al-Adeeb, a senior official in Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari's party. [...] The slow pace of the proceedings has angered many Iraqis — especially majority Shiites — who believe Saddam should have already been punished for his alleged crimes. Shiites and Kurds were heavily oppressed by Saddam's Sunni Arab-dominated regime. "Iraqis are beginning to feel frustrated," said Ridha Jawad Taki, a senior official in the country's biggest Shiite party. "The court should be more active. Saddam was captured two years ago. ... The weakness of this court might affect the verdicts, and this is worrying us." [...] In Baghdad, Shiite businessman Saadoun Abdul-Hassan stayed home Monday to watch the trial on television but expressed disappointment over the pace. "Saddam does not need witnesses or evidence. The mass graves are the biggest witness and he should be executed in order for the security situation to improve," he said. I agree. I only hope he is not being kept alive as some sort of bargaining chip with the Baathists terrorist groups now that they are in talks with the government, you know?