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No Justice in Hussein's Execution
by Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Beyond Chron (reposted)
Tuesday Jan 2nd, 2007 9:39 AM
There's no doubt in my mind that Saddam Hussein was a monster.
Richard Nixon was, too. Both men committed many crimes against humanity. Among his atrocities, Hussein waged a bloody eight-year war against Iran, gased the Kurds, and even tortured his own people. Nixon covered up the burglary of Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate Hotel, bombed Cambodia (thus propelling the murderous Khmer Rouge into power) and ordered the removal of democratically elected Salvador Allende from the presidency of Chile, which led to Allende's assassination and the slaughter of millions. It's impossible to know who is responsible for murdering more people.

Hussein is now dead, executed for his crimes. Nixon left this world a hero. He was pardoned for his heinous deeds by former president Gerald Ford, who recently passed away. Ford was being praised for that pardon and buried with full honors, even as Hussein was being led to his death. American presidents decide which dictators pay for their sins, and which do not.

The man responsible for Hussein's demise, President George Bush, "justified" the invasion and bombing of Iraq by saying that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and was somehow connected to 9/11. There were no weapons of mass destruction. Hussein had nothing to do with the tragic events of September 11, 2001. How many people (both Iraqis and Americans alike) have died as a result of Bush's lies?

Bush is not facing charges that he committed crimes against humanity. He is not being impeached. In fact, newly elected Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says that impeachment is not even on the table. At this point, it looks as if Bush will walk away from the White House in two years without ever having answered for his many lies and deceits. Not to mention the deaths (so far) of 3,000 American servicemembers and countless Iraqis. Just like Nixon left office without ever being held accountable for what he did.

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