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Why was Saddam Hussein not tried in the Hague?

Saddam Hussein is dead now, so it doesn't matter anymore. But I am just curious to know.

Slobodan Milosevic, the former dictator-president of Yugoslavia was responsible for millions of his countrymen's deaths during his brutal program of ethnic-cleansing in Serbia, Kosovo, Slovenia,and Croatia. After being ousted from power, he was given up to the Hague for genocide trial.

On the other hand, Saddam Hussein was kept under U.S. military custody throughout his captivity. Why was he not handed over to the Hague for trial as well?.

Why were the two tried differently?. Is there no single procedure to try similar cases?. Because Milosevic could have been tried by the Yugoslavs as well.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The reason we allowed the Iraq goverment to try Saddam is simple.If they didn't they wouldn't look like they had any power.As to the hague its a joke as is the UN they have both been proven to be corrupt.As can be seen by all the bribes that Saddam had been throwing around before he was removed from power.I say this to all of you that say we had no right to go in and remove him.Did we do the people of Iraq more good by removing him than if we had turned our back and let him and his sons continue their insane ways.In my opinion we did right even if all the info wasn't correct.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Imagine Hitler or Stalin being handed over to a "Hague" court! What happened to Mussolini in Italy should happen to evry bonafide dictator.

    I cannot believe that on one hand the E.U. condemns the USA/UK for invading Iraq, but then at the same time these E.U. governments want to interfere with Iraqi justice!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The war against Iraq was never sanctioned by the United Nations.

    They held no legislative power over a trial because they didn't approve of the invasion.

    My questions is how is that going to sit with the rest of the world?

    How can the U.S. expect the other countries of the world to step in line at the request of the U.N. when the U.S. doesn't do it?

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  • 1 decade ago

    As Crimes Against Humanity is a law only in International Law, he should have been. however, who knows what he would have revealed about US Iraq relations, especially in the 80s. It was in the interested of the United States to have him killed as quickly as possible. Also, International law Bans the death penalty. Mr. Fake cowboy justice in the White House didn't want him alive. So, the Kangaroo Court.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No, there isn't a regulated procedure for dealing with murderous dictators. Handing him over to the Iraqi government to deal with under their judicial system was a perfectly legitimate and legal move, and quite a smart one IMO. It's a sign that the fledgling Iraqi government has at least a small amount of enforcement power, as well as domestic legitimacy amongst Iraqi citizens. I wish them the best of luck, and hopefully they can quickly halt the ever-growing civil war. Happy new year! :)

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  • Sami V
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Maybe because the prosecution and US did not want to take a chance and allow him to receive a fair trial in which he might have been found not guilty of the crimes he has been accused of committing in the normal course of his duties as leader of a sovereign nation! If there are two mistakes which the US has committed and which will be reflected in world history, they are the invasion of Iraq and subsequent destruction of that country and its leader!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because Bush likes executions. When he was Governor of Texas he was responsible for the execution of many americans

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Hague...what a joke !

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    so what makes this gang of international diamond merchants any better than a US court ?

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  • tom
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    the people of Iraq wanted him tried at home where he commited all the crimes.

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