January 16, 2007


Never forget Saddam Hussein's cruelty: The Iraqi dictator's inhumanity to mankind was almost beyond imagination in its scope and butchery (John Hughes, 1/17/07, CS Monitor)

Tapes of what he said long ago were played in a Baghdad courtroom last week as the case continued against some of the six major defendants still on trial. Wrote John Burns, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times: "In the history of war crimes prosecutions against some of the last century's grimmest men, there can rarely have been a moment that so starkly caught a despot's unpitying nature." [...]

The Times reporter chronicles one significant exchange that revealed the lengths Hussein went to cover up Iraq's efforts to attain weapons of mass destruction. To the general who dealt with United Nations weapons inspectors before the US-led invasion in 2003, he urged caution in the figures being divulged about raw materials for chemical weapons so as to disguise the use of unaccounted-for chemicals in the attacks upon Kurds.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 16, 2007 9:08 PM
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