By Micah Halpern
Sunday December 19, 2004
I've Been Thinking:
The trial of Saddam's associates is in the news. Grabbing headlines...but for the wrong reasons.
True. It's important to try Saddam's henchmen. They should be tried now and not wait until after the elections.
But here's why it's really important:
Only thru a public trial and thru public punishment will the message be transmitted to the masses. Only then will the general population be recruited to fight and assist against other senseless murders. Iraqi society as a whole must rise up and they must be convinced. And then they will be drafted into a movement to save today's Iraq from slipping into another catastrophic scenario.
A public trial and punishment is a clear way to achieve that goal. The best way.