I respect Nat’s argument regarding televising Saddam’s trial.
However, I think it’s important to note that Saddam is a swashbuckling manipulator. Maybe I have lost a little faith in the general public over the last couple of months, but I am frankly worried he might actually evoke a sort of sympathy for the devil – if not in America, than at least abroad. Nat’s argument is that Saddam will try to posture for the cameras, but that nobody will buy it. Sadly, I’m not convinced …
Granted, there’s an argument to be made that – just by virtue being on trial – one is made to look guilty. For this reason, Ronnie Earle is anxious get a “mug-shot” of Rep. DeLay. But let’s not forget that sometimes the tables are turned by a charismatic defendant. Oliver North comes to mind (not that I am comparing a Lt. Colonel to Saddam).
Like the serial killer that he is, Saddam craves attention. Let’s not give it to him. Let’s let him rot.