December 16, 2003


Damian Penny’s letter to Canada's Globe and Mail:

Sir - Ann Strickland-Clark says she's 'taking bets on a Jack Ruby-style incident' against Saddam Hussein before his trial, because he 'has a lot to reveal' that the U.S. government may find embarassing.

Considering the country where most of Saddam's weaponry and political support came from, any assassin will more likely be named Jacques Ruby.

Damian J. Penny, Corner Brook, NL

And in other Jacques related news ... if French lawyer Jacques Verges wants to defend Saddam Hussein, I say let him:

Verges has taken on tough cases before. Barbie, known as the "butcher of Lyon", was jailed for life in 1987 for crimes against humanity in Nazi-occupied France.

Carlos the Jackal, whose real name is Illich Ramirez Sanchez, is serving a life sentence in France for a string of deadly attacks in Europe in the 1970s and 80s.

Third time lucky. He’ll probably get Saddam sentenced to the guillotine.

UPDATE. This was predicted.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 16, 2003 10:15 PM

a frenchman rushing to defend saddam? i'm shocked, shocked!

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at December 16, 2003 at 11:22 PM

If Verge really loved France he would not jump to be Saddam's defense lawyer. Bad, shall we say even cliche, image. I'm sure there are plenty of US and Brit socialist lawyers who don't have any cop killers to defend.

Posted by: LB at December 16, 2003 at 11:48 PM

Anybody notice, one of the 4 Iraqis sent in with Hussein to identify him was named "Rubaie?" Wonder if his first name translates to Jack.

Posted by: Bovious at December 17, 2003 at 01:11 AM

A Jack Ruby style incident? Well, he can't shoot a presidential assassin, maybe he can shoot whomever he sent to kill Bush Sr. in Kuwait.

Posted by: scott h. at December 17, 2003 at 05:31 AM

I've noticed this about celebrity defense lawyers. To listen to them, our prisons are full of innocent men telling each other what a great job their lawyer did.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at December 17, 2003 at 08:12 AM

One of the basic premises of Kennedy assasination conspiracy theory is that Jack Ruby (or if you are really out there Jakob Rubinstein) was in on the plot, and killed Oswald to silence him. The point here being that they will have to kill Saddam before he can get on the witness stand and testify that during the war with Iran, while he was buyng weapons on tick from most of Europe, the U.S. was providing him with satellite reconnaisance data.

Posted by: triticale at December 17, 2003 at 03:22 PM

Would it be unsporting to point the rather obvious fact that if the US government intended a "Jack Ruby" style assassination of Saddam, it would have been much easier to just toss a grenade in the hole?

Posted by: Ken Summers at December 18, 2003 at 12:43 AM