Wednesday, December 07, 2005

L&O: Crimes Against Humanity Unit

I'm finding Saddam Hussein's trial antics amusing, in that "Wow, this guy is totally divorced from reality" way. He's clearly mugging for whatever supporters he still has in Iraq (and there are some; these guys always have supporters). But I actually laughed the other day when he played the martyrdom card, intoning that he isn't afraid of execution. I wonder, then, why he didn't martyr himself rather than cravenly submit to capture? When he was hiding in that spiderhole, why didn't he have a loaded sidearm with him, and why didn't he pull his own plug when discovered there?

It's easy to play the brave martyr when one is on trial under heavy guard. We'll see how brave he is when they place the noose around his neck.

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