Interestingly, Saddam’s trial video shows a chemical attack on the population: it did not surface for almost twenty years. For all the freedom of speech and Western aversion to genocide, apparently no media channel was interested in running the footage. On the other hand, the Vietnamese could produce similar clips of American napalm attacks; the Chechens, about the Russian bombing; the Germans, about Dresden: and so on. Saddam was singled out for prosecution among the world leaders.

Almost hilariously, the US establishment is now bent on a surge in Iraq: bring in 20-50% more troops for 3-6 months, finish the job, and go back. That’s a very American way of thinking. The world is less rational. It would take months to deploy more troops. More troops would provoke more hostility and do nothing; how are they supposed to fight guerrillas without facing court-martial for killing civilians? 100,000+ troops did not win the war when Iraq was relatively quiet; to expect that another 30,000 will end the civil war in three months is unrealistic. New troops would likely be stuck in Iraq for years.

Bulgarian nurses are sentenced to death in Libya. It wasn’t a good idea to move to the People’s Jamahiriyya in the first place. America conducted the McCarthy witch trials only a half-century ago, and Muslim countries have lower standards of justice. This is not news and no reason to stop the rapprochement with Libya. The West has already tried isolation with North Korea; an isolated Libya will also go nuclear, if only to gain international respect.