'I am the president of Iraq. I do not recognise this court'
My preference for this trial would have been one charge of murdering one baby in Halabja. A trial of a week with appeal directed to the equivalent of the Iraqi Supreme Court for expedited review with execution taking place within six weeks. Strict attention would be paid to process at every moment and all aspects of theater would be avoided on the part of the prosecution and tribunal.
Instead it appears that we may see a bit of a show trial featuring a laundry list. I believe this to be a mistake because Saddam is going to pull his theatrics until his strength gives out - or the judge's patience wears out. I haven't seen much in the way of extraordinarily stupid reporting to this point but it's only the first day.
How long will the trial last? How long until the appeal is denied? Will the execution(s) be public? How many innocents will the Baathist deadenders slaughter during the trial and appeal?
Let's hope for a rapid conclusion to this.