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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 HERALDZEITUNG October 2005 HeraldZeitung Serving New Itnitinfch anil tiinnl County since New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until OTHER VIEWPOINTS Fair Saddam trial is key step for Iraq Houston Chronicle on Saddam Husseins trial Few Iraqis probably dreamed theyd ever see former President Saddam Hussein on But that day finally arrived last transfix ing Arab viewers around the While the pro ceedings against Saddam may bring shortterm they run the danger of becoming a mere show If this the main victims will be Iraqs Last Western human rights groups who toiled against Saddam for decades announced concerns about the fairness of his Their wor ries only escalated Thursday when a lawyer from Saddams defense team was found murdered and dumped in the While prosecutors and judges are heavily Saddams attorneys receive no The trial conducted by a special Iraqi tri centers on the 1982 massacre of 140 men and boys in the Shiite village of The episode offers abundant welldocumented evi dence and a clear narrative leading to But groups including Human Rights Watch say the tribunals procedures jeopardize fair trial of much more sweeping such as Saddams genocidal onslaughts against Kurds and southern The tribunal is following statutes initiated by the provisional authority of the invading awkwardly mixed with the criminal law in use under Saddam Defendants are allowed little contact with their Defense teams get meager time to review evidence or prepare And the stan dard of proof remains that of Saddams own totali tarian Under old Iraqi a defendant who is judged guilty must be executed within a month of exhausting his In if Saddam is found guilty of the Dujail he could be executed before prosecutors were able to try him for much more massive No one expects the tribunal to deem Saddam But an estimated Iraqis died under his Those victims memory merits public For many who were tortured or bereaved by Sad dams these are fine points at Many Iraqis say they need no further evidence of Sad dams Yet these are the Iraqis who most need to see the exdictator tried Trials of leaders like who have not only terrorized but deformed entire serve sev eral crucial They form a historic Individuals finally see their sufferings acknowl and by their But dictators like Saddam also inflict atrocities on their countries Entire populations learn that aggressors gain impunity and justice is a perk of A fair trial must include a vigorous defense for the accused and safety for all The process will verify the truth of Saddams crimes and demonstrate that Iraqs age of impunity is An unfair will only weaken Iraqs struggle to break loose from Saddams It might taste like but it will perpetrate the crime of offering a martyr for Saddams TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 298th day of There are 67 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On the Charge of the Light Brigade took place during the Crimean War as an English brigade of more than 600 facing hopeless charged the Russian army during the Battle of Balaclava and suffered heavy i Editor and Publisher I cTrculatlonJDIrectpr i Melee BaH i Business Manager News Editor Rupkalylt President is trying to send lawyer in to do justices job My mother used to say Its not enough to be You still need a little To paraphrase its not enough to be you still need to have the brain power to be a Supreme Court if Harriet Miers is she likely wont be in the same league with her col leagues in terms of gray Fifty years it was OK to name a Supreme Court justice who was a Hugo Black was a senator from William Douglas was head of the Securities and Exchange Com Earl Warren was governor of The court was still dealing with broad and basic issues such as school reapportion the broad outlines of defendant the application of the 14th Amendment to the states and the right of But todays court is much more than a legisla tive body on which people whose heart is in the right place should be picked to It is an assemblage of experts in constitutional law who shape and redefine previous doc trines and decisions to apply to the new matters at A modern Supreme Court justice is not some legislator who decides to vote for the plaintiff or the He or she must be a scholar who can argue and articulate new varia tions on old doctrines and find four other jus tices who see things the same Some question Miers conservative creden That is not my Im happy that she may not be a kneejerk My worry is that she is just not competent enough to serve on the Talkshow host and former Supreme Court clerk Laura Ingraham how low we all eventual ly fall in search of a living says it How can you expect a generalpractice lawyer like her to go head to head with a Stephen Breyer It is not that she would be out of the main stream on the She would be out of her Those who question whether President Bush has appointed someone who parallels his views on key issues are pursuing the wrong He knows his own He must be deeply aware of her priorities and She is no stranger as John Roberts was to this presi We should not be secondguessing Bushs decisions about her But we can question his assessment of her One of the dirty little secrets of Washington is how many genuinely unintelligent people there are in the I was with New Mexico Republican Jeff Binga one of the brighter people in in 1988 when I got advance word that presidential nominee George Bush was to name Dan R as his choice for vice What if they ask him a question Jeff But the truth is that you DICKMORRIS Dick Morris was an adviser to Bill Clinton dont need to be a bright light to handle chores in the the Votes are along party and the member who thinks with genuine originality is both rare and But the Supreme Court is a rarefied and a woman with Miers background or lack of it cannot hope to enter as a constitutional novice and remain influential or even relevant in the courts One can imagine the other justices stooping to explain it all to Miers chief advantage is that she can be con firmed because liberals like the conservative angst over her Bush should not buy himself a dogfight by choosing a highly contro versial Borklike But he should make sure that the standards of experience and so evident in his selection of dominate his court And Miers isnt LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6063413 email them to United States Government PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 SENATE KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 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Mill New Braunfels 78130 Telephone 830 6270215 Email address email@example.com STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Email address firstname.lastname@example.org JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 SAJiMlMiPQFFCE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Bush would be wise to stay away from international law comments CHARLEY Charley Reese is a columnist for King Fea tures You can write to him at Box In commenting on Saddam Hus seins President Bush should have steered away from the sub ject of international Under international Saddam is right hes still the legal president of Dont misinterpret any of this as a defense of He deserves to be chopped into little His abus es of the Iraqi people are too wellknown to be it is important for us to keep our facts Saddam was not thrown by the Iraqi peo He was overthrown by and coalition Fur the invasion of which resulted in his over under internation al illegal as Iraq was not at war with Iraq had not invaded us or even threatened It had not attacked it was in compliance with United Nations reso It is important for us to keep our facts Saddam Hussein was not overthrown by the Iraqi He was overthrown by and coalition the invasion of which resulted in his under international illegal as Thats why President Bush could not persuade the Security Council to endorse his Thats why prac tically the whole world opposed our inva It would have been better if Saddam had been kept on ice until a permanent government was elected in Iraq and we were on the way No matter what we this trial will he viewed by many in the Muslim world as a show trial staged by the Americans through their puppets in order to justify Americas invasion of President Bush said publicly two years ago that Saddam should be so there is not much point in pretending that hes going to get a fair Ameri cans are holding Saddam and his and American lawyers trained the judges who will try In a fair trial could be embarrass When they try him for gassing the his lawyers should certainly pro duce the Defense Department inves tigation that blamed the gassing on the When he is tried for crushing the Shiite and Kurdish rebellions in his lawyers should point out that the government incited them to rebel and then stood by while Saddams forces crushed of they can point to Amer ican assistance given to Saddams govern ment through most of the Saddams coupled with the consti tution just there are clouds concerning the vote probably will aggravate the divisions in Iraq rather than heal As bad as he was when he had some Iraqis will inevitably take the position that while he is a blan he is our and Americans should butt out of Iraqs busi At any the president should not point to this trial as an example of inter national His administration has flouted international law too Sad dam is not being tried by an internation alwarcrimes Hes being tried by an Iraqi court essentially set up under our One final point to remember is that the Iraqi people who hate Saddam are not asking for They want They would like nothing more than for us to physically hand him over to the sur vivors of atrocities so they could tear him to pieces and drag his body parts through the At the same the old Baathist remnants are demonstrating in favor of him and calling him a International law is no more popular in Baghdad than it is in I dont remember who said but it is certainly true that it is always easier to go into a country than to get out of
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