Saddam killed many of his people simply to remain in power. Once defeated and captured, why was he not tried before an international court for Crimes Against Humanity? The answer? Its quite simple. Firstly, he might have been given a fair trial [even though he didn't deserve one - but hey - we in democratic countries believe in fair trials], and he might have named those countries who secretly supported him with weapons. Secondly, the Iraqi Government and those opposed to Saddam would not have had the pleasure to execute him. The trial was in Baghdad was nothing more than a show-trial with a predictable ending. Having said that, hopefully the Iraqis can somehow move on from the past and try to build a new future. One can only hope.
Syrian troops sieze village above rebel-held parts of Aleppo (Reuters)
from the article: History and Hussein's hanging