CAIR welcomes capture of Saddam Hussein
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed the capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. CAIR, a Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, said Hussein should be tried by an international tribunal and then punished for the “death and devastation” he imposed on the Iraqi people.
In a statement, CAIR said:
“As we continue to oppose the war in Iraq, we hope the capture of Saddam Hussein creates a window of opportunity for peace and reconciliation. He must be brought before an international tribunal and then punished for the death and devastation his tyrannical rule imposed on that long-suffering nation and its neighbors.
“Hussein’s capture should also facilitate the rapid transfer of sovereignty to a representative Iraqi government and the swift withdrawal of American military forces. It is now time for the Iraqi people, free of despotic rule or foreign occupation, to take control of their own destiny.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.