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The Trial of Hussein: Choosing the Evidence

In Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, killing was politics by other means. As many as 300,000 Iraqis died on the orders of Hussein and his lieutenants, human rights groups believe. The years of violence included the gassing of Kurdish villages and the slaughter of Shiites in open fields. Countless other Iraqis disappeared one by one, to be executed as enemies no matter the quality of the evidence against them. Now that Hussein is in custody, Iraqi and U.S. leaders are debating how to prove their belief that he was personally responsible — and should perhaps pay with his own life — for the carnage committed in his name. A trial is seen not only as a chance to bring Hussein to justice but also as an opportunity for Iraqis to confront their past. Full Story

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