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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Free Tariq Aziz

Tariq Aziz is still in prison, serving a sentence of 15 years for the charge of executing merchants accused of profiteering. Executing war profiteers was apparently one of his functions as Foreign Minister of Iraq under Saddam Hussein. If he was not traveling around the world, he was executing profiteers.
From what I have read of the trial, I consider the charges were not proved by any standard of justice other than that of the conqueror and revenge.
He was the only Christian in Saddam's cabinet, and is a fine metaphor for what is left of the the Christian community in the Middle East - in suspension, waiting for all the shoes to be thrown or dropped.

The original charges were vaguely put down as :
 (1) the events of 1991, (2) Kuwait, (3) human rights violations and (4) waste of national wealth.
(Univ. of Minnesota)

All the people languishing in prisons are fit metaphors for our times:  crime and maybe punishment, punishment and maybe crime, torture and despair...


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