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Saddam Hussein trial

To bring one man, Saddam Hussein, to book, the U.S. and the British forces `invited' themselves to Iraq. They killed countless Iraqis, reduced the land to rubble, and ushered in chaos and a state of civil war in the name of democracy. We seem to have a new disorder — international apathy.

Badri Seshadri,
Chennai

Whatever Saddam Hussein's past doings, the humiliating trial he is being subjected to at the behest of the U.S. will have serious repercussions. Saddam as a person is not important at this stage. The message his trial and subsequent sentence will send to the world is dangerous. It will prove that the U.S. can get away with anything, particularly in the smaller countries. Every nation has a right to govern itself in the manner it wants as long as it does not interfere with other nations. Why then does the U.S. want to don the role of caretaker of the world?

Anusha Singh Saharan,
New Delhi

The charge against Saddam Hussein is that he ordered the killing of 143 Shia men in 1982, following an assassination bid. At least Saddam Hussein wanted to suppress opposition to his rule. But what was George Bush's motivation in killing so many Iraqis and destroying the country?

Who is accountable for the inhuman torture inflicted on Iraqi prisoners in the now infamous Abu Ghraib prison? Mr. Bush's case was that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, which were never found.

M.S. Ramakrishna,
Secunderabad

There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein was a ruthless dictator. He committed many crimes to create terror among his people, a common characteristic of all dictators. But those who are trying him are no better. Will any top U.S. leader stand trial for not having found WMD in Iraq or for human rights violations in Abu Ghraib?

Makarand Bakore,
New Delhi

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