Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Hitler/Saddam

I'm genuinely not sure if David Aaronovitch actually realises there were trials of Nazi leaders after world war II (represented by US and British barristers), some of whom didn't accept the authority of the court, others who argued that the Russians and Stalin's judge were hardly well-placed to try anyone, and even that one of the counts against the leaders who have indicted Churchill. Anyway read it all, I suppose.

It's not clear what he is trying to say really. Hitler committed suicide, I suppose he's aware of that, in May 1945. If he hadn't have however it's likely he would have been tried, much like his on-off Deputy Herman Goering was, in 1946, by a specially convened court under the jurisdiction of the Allies, rather than the German people, as is (replacing German with Iraqi) the case with Saddam. Such a court is I think what the people Aaro is trying to have a go at have argued for, which rather means his attempt at historical comparison is the wrong way around. But as I said I'm not sure if he knows what actually happened.