Chemical Ali is Going to Hang!

by Ryan on June 24, 2007

in The Iraq Front

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.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

PeaceLover August 15, 2007 at 5:23 am

1 question remains. Who on earth provided those WMDs to them in the first place to commit those genocide? I wonder who…hmm..


Mike August 15, 2007 at 2:01 pm

Sounds like someone doesn’t understand the concept of alliances. The enemy of your enemy is your friend. Iran and Iraq weakened each other during that war. For that we are better off.

BTW, if you really are so concerned about genocide, why didn’t you support the effort to remove the man responsible?

And as for Reagan, although he rightly propped up an enemy of our enemy, he didn’t know about the Kurds until the last year of his administration. You should try reading sometime.


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