December 24, 2003
Saddam and Iraqi Debt
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Donald Sensing has an interesting post in which he asserts that the important part of trying Saddam is to bring out the truth of his crimes, and of those who supported him, in order to allow Iraq to move on from their past.
I concur, but I think that there may be a further point to such a trial: should Iraq be able, via such a trial, to fix the amounts or proportions of debt owed to foreign countries in connection with crimes against Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and humanity generally, such amounts or proportions of debt could simply be declared odious and thus invalid. This, too, would help Iraq in moving on to a better future.