Patterico's Pontifications

12/14/2003

WHAT TO DO WITH SADDAM

Filed under: War — Patterico @ 2:36 pm

Debates are naturally springing up across the web as to what should be done with Saddam. John Scalzi makes the following soft-headed suggestion:

Put him in a clear plastic box, surrounded by television monitors that play testimonies of those who he has tortured and imprisoned, and the testimonies of the friends and families of those he has killed, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ceaselessly, until the man dies. And of course, I would make sure he lived a very long time indeed.

Brilliant. What could be a more effective form of torture than an assault on Saddam’s conscience? I see no possible flaw in this cruel and fiendish plan. It couldn’t possibly fail — unless it turns out that, well, Saddam maybe doesn’t have a conscience.

Personally, I cast my vote for the Angry Clam’s solution: “public execution by plastic shredder, feet first, and slowly” — you know, like he did to his own people.

REUTERS? OR AL-JAZEERA? YOU BE THE JUDGE

Filed under: Media Bias — Patterico @ 2:08 pm

The Ranting Profs post here about a striking similarlity between the coverage of the Saddam capture by Reuters and Al-Jazeera. Either Reuters is copying from Al-Jazeera, or Al-Jazeera considers Reuters the go-to news organization for anti-American spin. Neither interpretation is a point of pride for Reuters.

IRAQI BLOGGER REACTION

Filed under: War — Patterico @ 1:47 pm

HipperCritical has this collection of reactions from Iraqi bloggers.

UPDATE: And here is HipperCritical’s roundup of leftist blogger reaction.

LAUGH OUT LOUD PICTURE(S)

Filed under: Humor,War — Patterico @ 1:13 pm

Saddam photoshopped. Brilliant.

(Via Instapundit.)

UPDATE: Prof. Reynolds points out a second picture that may be better, if you can believe it. Click on this link and scroll down. Heh indeed.

WHAT A GREAT QUESTION

Filed under: War — Patterico @ 9:53 am

The question comes from N.Z. Bear:

During the buildup to the war, and since, many who opposed the war declared it an “illegal” action and a violation of international law.

Now that he has been found to be alive, I’d ask this to those who considered this an illegitimate war: will you now stand up and demand that Hussein be placed back in power? He was, after all, the “legal” ruler of Iraq.

And if not, why not?

Thanks to Captain’s Quarters for pointing this out.

LIEBERMAN: NOT AS STUPID AS JOHN KERRY

Filed under: Politics — Patterico @ 9:46 am

Jeff Jarvis reports that that at least one Democratic presidential candidate is not completely clueless about how to react to the news of Saddam’s capture. According to Jarvis, Lieberman said: “My first reaction? Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!… This is a day of glory for the American military… This is a day of triumph for anyone in the world who cares about human rights and cares about peace.”

As Joe likes to say whenever Al Sharpton says anything: “Amen, brother!”

P.S. I’m still waiting to hear Howard Dean’s reaction.

You’ll be able to tell a lot about how much someone hates George Bush by counting how many words it takes them to get from “Sure this is good, Saddam is bad” to the word but. I am confident Howard Dean can get to the negatives in 25 words or less. I’ll keep you posted.

P.P.S. Dean’s statement is here. Dean is not as cluelessly negative as John Kerry was on Fox News Sunday this morning. But in four short paragraphs, the last two are implicit criticisms of Bush’s handling of Iraq:

This is a great day for the Iraqi people, the US, and the international community.

Our troops are to be congratulated on carrying out this mission with the skill and dedication we have come to know of them.

This development provides an enormous opportunity to set a new course and take the American label off the war. We must do everything possible to bring the UN, NATO, and other members of the international community back into this effort.

Now that the dictator is captured, we must also accelerate the transition from occupation to full Iraqi sovereignty.

Sorry, Governor Dean, but the American label — and the label of George Bush — is on this war. And right now, it’s looking like the label of success. I know how that must disappoint you.

P.P.P.S. I just heard Dean on the TV. He basically said that he was going to defer any criticisms until after today. That’s smart.

I also heard Joe Lieberman say that if Howard Dean had had his way, Saddam would still be in power. That’s right.

Again I say: Amen, brother!

THOUGHTS ON THE CAPTURE OF SADDAM

Filed under: War — Patterico @ 8:53 am

If you want to know what effect the capture of Saddam will have, you need only look back to the day Saddam’s statue fell in Baghdad, and multiply that by a factor of several thousand.

When Saddam’s statue fell, I said:

1) Let’s not forget that there is still a lot to do in Baghdad, so that when terror, further resistance, helping establish a government, starvation, and other problems arise (or continue), we are not shocked. We can’t solve this country’s problems — created by Saddam over the course of 20+ years — in a day, a week, or a month.

2) Let’s not let such thoughts interfere with the pure joy of watching Iraqis hugging American soldiers and kissing pictures of President Bush — overjoyed with their first taste of freedom in decades.

This is pretty close to how I feel now. The capture of Saddam is a huge development — but it’s not the end of the war.
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THE QUESTION THAT MUST BE ASKED OF ALL DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES

Filed under: Politics — Patterico @ 8:36 am

Would you be satisfied to have Saddam Hussein tried at the World Court, which is not empowered to impose the death penalty?

Depending on the answer, you can imagine any number of amusing followups.

BREAKING NEWS: SADDAM HUSSEIN CAPTURED ALIVE

Filed under: War — Patterico @ 8:30 am

Saddam Hussein has been captured alive by U.S. troops. He was found in a hole in the ground near Tikrit — “haggard and disheveled” and sporting a long beard.

On to the Hague with him — right, Governor Dean? No need to impose the death penalty on this guy! Save it for the “worst of the worst!”

P.S. Add to that list John Kerry, who just said on Fox News Sunday that he would be fine with trying Hussein at the World Court. Kerry is spending a lot of time complaining about Bush right now. What a tin ear he has. This is a day to shut up, defer answering such questions, and simply say this is a great day for America and the world.

P.P.S. Smash has the big photo of Saddam with the beard, and much more.

GO XRLQ! GO XRLQ!

Filed under: Awards — Patterico @ 1:53 am

Xrlq is running away with the Large Mammals prize. But don’t be complacent. Vote for him.


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