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Chemical Ali is Going to Hang!

Posted by Ryan on June 24, 2007

Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as the notorious “Chemical Ali” was sentenced to death by hanging in Iraq’s highest court today for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.  Using mustard gas and nerve agents on the Kurds were his specialty, which earned him that morbid nickname.  Nearly 180,000 Kurds were killed in Saddam’s security crackdown to quell real and potential Kurdish violence during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), especially in 1988s infamous “Operation Anfal”, of which Ali was integral.  In the next few weeks, trials of those who maraudingly cut down thousands of Shiites in 1991 are to be heard.  Justice served–more justice coming.

Stories like these, of a heinous mass-murderer linked to an oppressive regime we overthrew being tried in a court that would not have existed but for American intervention, reinforce some of the good that’s come out of Iraq since Saddam’s toppling back in April 2003.  It also reinforces our moral objective for fighting in Iraq in a less etherial way than President Bush has done lately.

Card from Times of India. Map from Obsidian Wings Blog.

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