The Iraqi Special Tribunal for genocide during Saddam Hussein’s bloody reign of terror has two new defendants to consider. US forces turned over a father-son partnership reportedly responsible for the murders of over 140 murders in a retaliation for a Dawa assassination attempt on Saddam in 1982:
U.S. forces have arrested an Iraqi father and son accused of participating in a 1982 massacre in the predominantly Shiite Muslim village of Dujail in retaliation for an assassination attempt on then-President Saddam Hussein.
Senior U.S. officials said in interviews that Abdulla Rwayid and Muzhir Abdulla Rwayid were arrested Monday and charged with crimes against humanity for their alleged role in the killing of hundreds of people associated with the Dawa party, a Shiite group that carried out the attempt on Hussein’s life on July 8, 1982.
Charges against the two detained men were referred to the Iraqi Special Tribunal, the entity responsible for trying those accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in Iraq between 1968 and 2003, when Hussein’s Baath Party ruled the country.
The attempt came after the Iran-Iraq war provoked by Saddam began to slog into a stalemate in its second year and Saddam’s popularity plummeted. Dawa, the banned political opposition group whose leader is likely to be Iraq’s next Prime Minister, schemed an ambush to murder Saddam. Saddam outsmarted the ambushers by changing cars in the convoy, a move that saved his life. However, it still took the Iraqi Army two hours to extricate him from the ambush, and the experience affected Saddam deeply. He curtailed his travel in Iraq and started relying on blood relations, concentrating power into his family and the Tikrit syndicate whose loyalty could be counted on.
That wasn’t all that Saddam did. In an age-old response of tyrants, Saddam punished the town for the acts of a handful of its residents. Like the Czech village of Lidice after the assassination of Reinhard “Hangman” Heydrich in WWII, the Ba’athists rounded up hundreds, deported the rest and destroyed the town of Dujail. Some of the detained endured months of torture before being released, but at least 147 were killed, on the orders of the Rwayids.
Now they will face the music, along with the rest of the Ba’athist enablers that the Iraqis and the Americans can grab. Like the Nazis that came before Saddam, the Ba’athist regime resembled a crime family more than a government. Humiliation before a tribunal of free Iraqis will be a fitting end for the monsters of Iraq.
As this shows, the Ba’athist remnants and foreign terrorists targeting Iraqis for even more murder and mayhem didn’t get pushed into their latest atrocities by the American invasion. With their pool of helpless victims now severely restricted, they have to resort to suicide bombings and remotely-detonated car bombs to satiate their thirst for blood. That change has not gone unnoticed by ordinary Iraqis, as the Washington Post reports at the end:
The Marines have captured 155 suspected insurgents and seized several weapons caches during a six-day security operation in Ramadi and neighboring towns, according to the U.S. military. Of those detained, 51 were arrested Friday, the military said in a statement.
Hamoudi Hadib, 45, a grocer in Ramadi, said he hopes the U.S. forces kill all of the insurgents.
“They prevent us from working,” he said. “If Islam and religion become like this, we don’t need it. They hurt us so much. We don’t blame the Americans because they insisted on continuing their mission, but we blame those Arabs who do not want to leave our country. They should leave.”
It appears that they have little patience left for their former oppressors and their lunatic supporters. After hearing about the Rwayids, one can’t blame them a bit.