Monday, November 06, 2006

the Saddam Verdict

The verdict, of course, was no surprise. This is today's front page at Slate. To get to the specific links, go to:
Hitchens,here, and Philip Carter, here.

Baghdad Burning's "Riverbend" discusses the verdict as well:

I just read somewhere that some of the families of dead American soldiers are visiting the Iraqi north to see ‘what their sons and daughters died for’. If that’s the goal of the visit, then, “Ladies and gentlemen- to your right is the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, to your left is the Dawry refinery… Each of you get this, a gift bag containing a 3 by 3 color poster of Al Sayid Muqtada Al Sadr (Long May He Live And Prosper), an Ayatollah Sistani t-shirt and a map of Iran, to scale, redrawn with the Islamic Republic of South Iraq. Also… Hey you! You- the female in the back- is that a lock of hair I see? Cover it up or stay home.”

She also posts a couple of images from Baghdadi TV. I think this is the first time she has done this. The first one is a still logo shot that tells us that Zawra television "has stopped broadcasting by order of the government", and the 2nd is of a newscaster noting that 2 news networks have stopped broadcasting because of government order. River says they were told to stop broadcasting because they showed pro-Saddam demonstrations.

Interestingly, Tony Blair has announced that he's against the death penalty for Saddam.