January 25, 2010


Iraq’s ‘Chemical Ali’ infamous for 1988 gas attack (BRIAN MURPHY, 01/25/10, AP)

Saddam Hussein’s cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, who was hanged Monday, ordered the infamous poison gas attack on the northern Iraqi Kurdish village of Halabja in 1988 that killed 5,000 people and earned him the chilling moniker “Chemical Ali.”

Al-Majid was executed a week after he received his fourth death sentence, the final one for the Halabja attack. He bore a striking resemblance to Saddam and was one of the most brutal members of the dictator’s inner circle.

The general led sweeping military campaigns in the 1980s and 1990s that claimed tens of thousands of lives — wiping out entire villages in attacks against rebellious Kurds and cracking down on Shiites in southern Iraq.

And the Left thinks he should still be governing Iraq. It's a curious thing, this Progressivism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2010 2:39 PM
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