The trial of Saddam

In his trial on the 22nd, Saddam Hussein claimed that he and his co-defendents had been beaten and tortured by US authorities. You’d think that would be bad enough, that maybe people would start to realize that this whole ‘torture is as American as apple pie!’ thing would come back and bite ’em on the ass. But there was more. Reporters then heard one of the guards at the trial telling Taha Yassin Ramadan (former Iraqi vice president) that he was going to give him another beating.

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Remember the statue of Saddam being pulled down? The Guardian has tracked down the people who were there and interviewed them. The men with the rope noose were Ali Fares and Khaled Hamid. Hamid says: “We weren’t able to catch Saddam himself, so the statue had to stand in. I was happy. I was proud. I know that even President Bush was watching us.” But the pride was tinged with revulsion.