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Does Saddam deserve legal representation?
No, because of his crimes against his own people.
Should he be given an American attorney? It should be one of his own folks in international court.
What should his punishment be, and who should administer it? The Iraqi people should administer it, and death would be just fine. Keeping him alive does no one good and takes away from American taxpayers.
We supplied Saddam with money and weapons of mass destruction throughout the 1980s. Why evoke moral standards to remove him now? What has come down is where we need to be. I'm a strong believer in what this great nation is doing to help a country whose people have been suppressed. The better good is going in there to give them a chance to decide their own government. And getting a democracy into Iraq will make us safer here.
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Should we supply Sadaam legal counsel? That process has been followed with even the most heinous criminals. But he should be represented by someone of his own choice from his own culture.
Should we be imprisoning suspected terrorists without charge or access to legal counsel? That's wrong, a bad precedent, and not very American.
Are we hypocritical to supply Saddam weapons of mass destruction throughout the '80s, but now depose him as a dangerous and brutal tyrant? He was always a bad guy. We bear a lot of responsibility for his ever being in power.
Will deposing Saddam bring democracy to the Middle East? We can't know that, and we shouldn't have gone in there without full international participation.
Does Saddam deserve a court trial? Yes. He's being charged with something.
Is it OK to imprison suspected terrorists without a formal charge or legal counsel? That's justifiable if there's legitimate security reasons, but only if there's a limit on how long it can continue.
Should Saddam have an American lawyer? Yes, if he's being tried in our court system. If he's going to be tried in military courts, that's something else.
Why was Saddam a good guy in American eyes throughout the 1980s? Are we holding him to different moral standards now? When it comes to war, morality is an afterthought. War is an immoral act to begin with. Evoking morality to justify war only confuses matters.
Will removing Saddam bring democracy to adjacent countries? Democracy is a state of mind, not something you stick on like a stamp.