Why can’t we ensure that Saddam Hussein is given a fair trial? Assume that we don’t care at all about actually being fair and we just want a conviction and execution, can’t we get that and also make the process appear fair? Isn’t it a certainty that he’ll be convicted, regardless? How does it interfere, really if we:
*Delay the trial until the country is more stable and the court has had a chance to try at least one or two other cases, demonstrating its competence and impartiality?
*Suspend the rule that if convicted, Execution must happen within 30 days, no time at all for an appeal.
*Give the lawyers the full set of court rules
*Tell the lawyers the charges against their client
*Give the lawyers access to all the evidence against Hussein
*Give the lawyers the time they need to meet with their client
Failure to follow basic rules of fairness in such an important case shows a criminal disdain for due process and a preference for expediency over principle. But failure to even try to make it look fair shows a fundamental incompetance in pursuing the stated goal of spreading freedom to the Middle East.