Of course, even Saddam Hussein has a right to a lawyer in his coming trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
And of course, everyone has the right to seek fame for the sake of fame, even if no good is accomplished in the effort.
So it’s just fine that French lawyer Jacques Verges, who already enjoys fame for defending Nazi Klaus Barbie and ethnic cleanser Slobodan Milosevic, has arranged to defend Saddam.
Verges will attract lots of attention, get his name in a few history books and make more money writing books of his own.
But some day, when he adds up the deeds of his life, he’ll find he comforted fascists, lived selfishly and did no good.