SEVERE ELITE DISCOMFORT WITH THE TRIAL OF SADDAM HUSSEIN
Noted Arab-American academic and DePaul University international law specialist M. Cherif Bassiouni
has in " Prosecuting Saddam Hussein
" of the more intellectually incoherent pieces I've seen in some time in the online edition of Foreign Policy magazine
. It's not that Bassiouni is without any cogent points to make so much that he is torn between his sympathy for secular Arab nationalism, fear that Bush or the U.S. may get political credit, idealization of international tribunals, condescension toward the Iraqis, human rights movement ideology, fear of strengthening Iraqi Islamism and desire to see Saddam duly punished.
That Saddam is on trial at all because of George W. Bush clearly galls Bassiouni to no end.