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Sunday, June 24, 2007

'Chemical Ali' sentenced to hang

Chemical Ali: Ali Hassan al-Majid (born 1941) is a former Iraqi Defense Minister and commander. He is a first cousin of former President Saddam Hussein.

Ali Hassan al-Majid and two other former regime officials were sentenced by an Iraqi court to death by hanging for their roles in a 1980s campaign that led to the deaths of 180,000 Kurds.

He has been called Chemical Ali and the Butcher of Kurdistan for his role in leading the al-Anfal Campaign during which he ordered a chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja that killed thousands of Kurds.

He oversaw the occupation of Kuwait in 1990 and 1991 and acted as the the country's military governor from August to November of 1990. He had a lead role in violently repressing the rebellions by Kurds and Shiites in the 1991 Iraqi civil war following the Gulf War.

More on this monster can be found at Wiki.

I have always felt that the families of victims have the right to avenge their family members deaths but the state should not. Simply a personal opinion, but with that said, considering all of Iraq were victims to Saddam Hussein and Chemical Ali, then perhaps it is appropriate that they be the ones to punish him how they see fit.

From CNN:

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- An Iraq court on Sunday sentenced three former aides to Saddam Hussein, including the man known as "Chemical Ali," to death by hanging for their role in a 1980s genocide campaign that that killed up to 100,000 Kurds.

Ali Hassan al-Majid, Hussein's first cousin, earned his nickname for atrocities committed in a military campaign code-named Operation Anfal during the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war.

In the scorched earth attacks, poisonous gas and chemicals were used against the Kurds.

Also sentenced to death was Sultan Hashem Ahmed, Iraqi army commander during the war with Iran. In 1988, he was named chief-in-charge of the Anfal operation.

The third defendant to hang is Hussein Rashid Mohammed, former deputy general commander of the Iraqi armed force, assistant chief of staff for military operations, and former Republican Guard commander.

To anyone that thinks this man is deserving of any sympathy, I am borrowing a picture I found at Gateway Pundit:

Think of the victims, not the monster and let these children finally rest in peace.

Photo Above originally found at Photos de halabja.

Every time you even think of having sympathy for these monsters, click that link and look at what they did (more pictures at the link), who they killed and for once, just keep quiet and let justice be done without the rhetoric, these children deserve justice and they will finally have it.

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