Wednesday, September 07, 2005

20 times ought to do it

Shortly after claiming that an investigating judge extracted multiple murder confessions out of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein (amazing how a man's memory improves when he finds himself dangling over one of his own paper-shredders) current Iraqi president Jalal Talabani now says it is time for the man to die:

Saddam Hussein has confessed to ordering executions and should be hanged “20 times”, Jalal Talabani, Iraq’s president, has said.

In an interview on Iraqi television on Tuesday night, Mr Talabani said that investigator who had questioned the former Iraqi president had extracted “important signed confessions” from Mr Hussein.

The former leader had confessed to ordering the ‘Anfal’ - a campaign against Kurdish villages between 1987 and 1989 in which up to 180,000 people were reported to have been killed - Mr Talabani told Iraqia state television.

He added: “Saddam deserves a death sentence 20 times a day because he tried to assassinate me 20 times,” said Mr Talabani, recalling his days as a Kurdish rebel leader.

While the media focuses on soldier and civilian deaths in the Iraqi war, this 180,000 number seldom is brought up anymore. This is the legacy of the man our soldiers pulled out of a rathole in late 2003. Thanks to the U.S. -- and no thanks to the U.N. or the whimpering weenies on the left -- Saddam's day in court has finally arrived.

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