In a previous post, I raised a concern that Saddam Hussein be given a fair trial. This may seem strange or disconcerting – why should we care that a tyrant be given a fair trial – but there are many reasons. Here’s one: if the trial isn’t fair and open, it’s legitimacy will be questioned and raises the potential for even further violence and conflict. I have no sympathy for Saddam Hussein. If he does end up sentenced to death, I would not shed a tear. My concern is centered around ensuring that justice is served, but served in a transparent and unambiguous way. There should be no room for anyone to question the legitimacy of this trial – it is too important.