The Trial of Saddam Hussein

The Trial of Saddam Hussein

The Trial of Saddam Hussein

The Trial of Saddam Hussein


Intended to validate the Iraq Invasion and an emergent Iraqi democracy, the Tribunal became a show-trial micro-managed by the US. The trial of Saddam Hussein marks the first time since the UN was created that a head of state has been put on trial by an i


Baghdad College

Though we were soon to take very different paths in life, in 1958 Ahmad Al-Chalabi and I were classmates in 2E at Baghdad College, the high school set up by the Jesuit Society in 1932 where we were vying with each other in the very competitive educational culture common to the Jesuits. I still remember Ahmad as a soft-spoken, well-mannered and well-behaved, brilliant young friend. Despite my having come just ahead of him at the end of the 2E year, I believe we were close and I still have memories about that year and especially the only detention we both had at Baghdad College after he whispered a few words to me during the morning assembly.

Ahmad was not interested in politics then, but I was. Ahmad left Iraq with his family that summer not to return to it until he came back on board a us military aircraft in April 2003. His absence was a voluntary exile and I doubt if the regime would have had any problem with it, had he returned to Iraq any time before he joined the opposition. It’s quite likely that the regime would not have even taken notice of his return. in fact there is a rumor among Iraqis that he donated several four-wheel drive cars to the Iraqi army after the liberation of the Faw peninsula from the Iranians. I met Ahmad in the early 1970s when he came to visit London. By that time I had become deeply involved in politics but Ahmad still showed little or no interest. It seems that Ahmad’s involvement came much later in life and was of a different nature to mine, but the roots of his political affiliation of today may have been sown way back in 1958. the first indication of his interest in Iraqi politics came in his backing, as acknowledged in it, of the book of Hanna Batatu, an eminent historian writing on social change in Iraq, and primarily on the Communist Party.

Baghdad College was academically one of the top high schools not only in Iraq but in the Middle East as a whole. It provided three generations of Iraqis with excellent scientific education, producing some of Iraq’s top medical professionals, engineers and scientists. However, at the same time, it indoctrinated many young Iraqis in the superficial virtues of the American way of life—whether or not that indoctrination was carried out consciously or was a natural result of the rigorous discipline imposed by the . . .

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