Cross Posted From Article of Faith:
“An Iraqi tribunal today convicted Saddam Hussein of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to death by hanging for the brutal repression of a Shiite town in the 1980s.
As the chief judge read aloud the verdict, a defiant Mr. Hussein shouted, “Long live the people! Long live the Arab nation! Down with the spies!” He thrust his finger emphatically into the air as he spoke, then repeatedly chanted, “God is great! To hell with you and your court! You don’t decide! You are servants of the occupiers and their followers. You are puppets!”
Sounds to me like someone who’s “gettin’ what they deserve.”
“Immediately following the verdicts, fighting broke out between gunmen and the Iraqi Army in the Sunni neighborhood of Adhamiya in northeastern Baghdad, according to an Interior Ministry official. American forces swarmed the district, however, suppressing the violence, the official reported.
“Clashes erupted between supporters of Mr. Hussein and American troops near Bayji, north of Tikrit, Mr. Hussein’s birthplace and a stronghold of support for the Sunni-led insurgency, according to witnesses there.”
Meanwhile, state-side, I’m sure the timing of this verdict, two days before our national mid-term elections, was just a “coincidence.” Asked at a news conference this morning, where predictably the White House is “trumpeting” the verdict, spokes-hack Tony Snow denied that the U.S. had any role in the timing of the verdict, two days before Americans vote in an election widely viewed as a referendum on Bush’s Iraq policy.
“The idea is preposterous,” he said, “that somehow we’ve been scheming and plotting with the Iraqis.”
LOL. Scheming? This administration? “Preposterous!”