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Saddam sentenced


The verdict is in for the Butcher of Baghdad: death by hanging.

I’m sure that the US administration expected this to be a pivotal moment and a resounding victory. Instead, Saddam’s execution will probably pass as a mere footnote to the ongoing violence in Iraq.

Still, there cannot be a punishment quite bad enough to befit the crimes that Saddam Hussein inflicted in the course of his dictatorship, and there really couldn’t be any other verdict but a death sentence. So, barring an unlikely appeal victory, Saddam Hussein will probably hang by next month, and one less horrible dictator will be alive in the world.

It won’t solve Iraq’s problems. Far from it. But now, that seems almost besides the point.


Catch-up time


Believe it or not, other newsworthy things happened in the world yesterday and today. You’d never know it from watching the local news, of course, which has been covering Dawson nonstop since yesterday afternoon. But here are a few things that happened in the world outside our little corner:

Okay, I think that about does it for the ten-second catch-up. Or, as the BUZZ puts it, some “temporary relief from ignorance”.


Defending the devil


Saddam’s lawyers keep getting bumped off: Gunmen killed a second defense lawyer acting in Saddam Hussein’s trial on Tuesday, renewing questions over whether the former president can get a fair trial amid Iraq’s daily violence. Another defense lawyer was slightly wounded in the attack on their car in Baghdad, police and defense team sources said. […]

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Say what?


I don’t always agree with L. Ian Macdonald, but I generally think he’s fairly intelligent. So that’s why I was so surprised to read, in the midst of an article expressing wonder that Kerry isn’t leading Bush in the polls, a nonsensical statement like this: There weren’t terrorists in Iraq under Saddam, but there are […]

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Palestinians devastated by Saddam’s capture


Well, not everyone is cheering the news of Saddam’s capture. The Palestinians are devastated by the news (via LGF): For many ordinary Palestinians, the TV footage of a disheveled Saddam obediently submitting to a medical exam by his U.S. captors was painful to watch: it sealed the defeat of the one Arab leader they felt […]

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Got him!


US military forces caught the Ace of Spades yesterday, hiding in a foxhole under a farmhouse, “like a rat in a hole”. “The former dictator of Iraq will face the justice he denied to millions,” President Bush said in a short televised address from the White House. “For the Baathist holdouts responsible for the violence, […]

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This is good for a chuckle or two. Look closely. (Hat tip: Tom).

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In other news


Well, Saddam’s sons are dead, but the world seems to be getting back to normal in other areas: the Expos suck again.

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WMD evidence in Iraq?


No weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? Oh yeah? U.S. Marines may have found weapons-grade plutonium in a massive underground facility discovered beneath Iraq’s Al Tuwaitha nuclear complex, an embedded reporter told Fox News Thursday. [ . . . ] So far, Marine nuclear and intelligence experts have found 14 buildings that have high levels […]

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Crushing blow to Palestinians


The Iraqis may have been dancing in the streets, but to the Palestinians this was a crushing blow. Most supported Saddam; many believed that his forces would fight and resist fiercely against American and coalition forces. “This is a sad day for all the Arabs and Muslims, particularly the Palestinians,” Nael al-Am, a Ramallah grocer […]

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