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U.S. Delaying Iraqi Executions?

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Posted on Nov 11, 2007
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For the first time in George W. Bush political life, a Bush government is trying not to have someone executed, or so it seems. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accused the U.S. of stalling the executions of three prominent prisoners, one of whom might have been in cahoots with the CIA during Saddam Hussein’s reign.

To further complicate matters, the Iraqi presidential council is supposed to approve all executions, but two of its three members have raised objections.


BBC:

The three, including Ali Hassan “Chemical Ali” al-Majid, were condemned to death for the campaign against the Iraqi Kurds in the 1980s.

President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd himself, opposes the death penalty in principle.

One of his two vice-presidents, Tareq al-Hashemi, a Sunni, is particularly incensed by the death sentence on Sultan Hashim and has threatened to resign if it is carried out.

The Americans, who are physically holding the three convicted men, have refrained from handing them over to Mr Maliki’s Shia-led government for execution.

Now Mr Maliki has lashed out at them, accusing the US embassy of dragging its feet and causing a violation of the constitution.

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By rodney, November 14, 2007 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment
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Bush kills people only when it benefits him politically. and that is the total truth. He signed death warrants as Governor of Texas to help him steal the presidency. He killed in Afghanistan to fool us into believing that he was actually going to get Osams Bin Missing. He killed in Iraq in settle old scores,steal oil, set up a puppet government,and make billions for his friends and cronies. Now the man who signed death warrants as if the were autographs in Texas, and is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people, wants to spare a few bad guys in order to keep the fisasco he created from getting worse. Bush needs to be tried as a war criminal by the world court. If that were to happen, I.m sure we would see Bush suffer the same well deserved fate that was given to Saddam.

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By guntotin galglion, November 12, 2007 at 11:42 pm Link to this comment
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Ahh, the campaign against the Kurds. That would be the one in which Saddam used chemical weapons that the United States and allies provided at a mighty tidy profit. That profit, made from Iraq only after Reagan removed it from the Terrorist Nations list so that American weapons companies could sell (among other things) advanced chemical and biological agents to a madman, and turn a hefty profit in the process. That would also be the one where HW urged the Kurds to revolt, then abandoned them to Saddam’s tender mercies. You know, the mercies that had him gassing the Kurds with US made chemical weapons!

The middle east has been a bonanza for American weapons manufacturers, from the days of selling weapons to both sides in the Iran/Iraq war, to destroying Iraq and then rebuilding it, then destroying it again, then rebuilding again! How cool is that?!

God, do we have the high ground here or what????

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By waxman, November 12, 2007 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment

I THINK BUSH IS WAITING TO FORM HIS OWN COUNTRY, THEN HAVE THEM PARDONED AND HAVE THEM IN HIS CABINET WITH LIBBY ,CHENEY AND THE POPES RIGHT HAND MAN RUDY G. THE CROSS DRESSER (HE LOOKED A LOT LIKE ANN COULTER DID’T HE)????

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By Marshall, November 12, 2007 at 11:13 am Link to this comment

I patiently await the Truthdig stories addressing the dramatic fall in violence across Iraq due to the population’s increasing cooperation with the US military.  I suspect TD will simply ignore this fact and shift its attention to Iran or some other subject it can continue to be critical about.

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By Bukko in Australia, November 11, 2007 at 8:21 pm Link to this comment

Truly an upside-down world. Last week, you saw House Repiglicans voting FOR an impeachment hearing on Dickless Cheney because they thought it would give them some sort of political propaganda advantage, and Democrats voting to bury it. Now you see the killers in the White House trying to delay some killings? What next? Up is down. Black is white. Freedom is slavery…

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By PatrickHenry, November 11, 2007 at 7:25 pm Link to this comment

Texas “hold em”.

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By QuyTran, November 11, 2007 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment

Only devils want to execute someone without clear explanation because they’re all blind.

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