1,100 People Not Willing to Die For Saddam

And who could blame ’em?

Some 1,100 Iraqi lawyers have withdrawn from Saddam Hussein’s defense team, citing insufficient protection following the slayings of two peers representing co-defendants of the ousted Iraqi leader.

In a statement obtained Sunday, the lawyers did not say whether Saddam’s chief Iraqi attorney, Khalil al-Dulaimi, was among those who withdrew. But the statement said other members of the team in Baghdad were continuing their duties “under complex and dangerous circumstances.”

How the tables have turned. The Baath Party spread so much fear over the Iraqi people that no one was willing to do or say anything that didn’t align with the wishes of Saddam. Now there are those who will do anything to prevent the chance that Saddam might return to power. So, you have defense lawyers who quit to avoid an untimely death and defense witnesses who won’t come forward because they fear reprisals.

This trial is going to make Nuremberg look like Romper Room.

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