Sunday, July 17, 2005

22 Years Late 

The NYTimes puts this on the front page with a straight face:
"Charges Filed Against Hussein for 1982 Massacre of Shiite Villagers"

"Today's statement represents the announcement of the first formal charges against Mr. Hussein. Other crimes for which Mr. Hussein is likely to face eventual prosecution in separate trials include the Anfal campaign of the late 1980's, in which as many as 150,000 Kurds were killed; the chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja in March 1988 that killed about 5,000; and the repression of a Shiite rebellion in southern Iraq in 1991, in which 150,000 people are believed to have been killed. Also under investigation by the tribunal are the executions of more than 200 Baath Party leaders after Mr. Hussein seized power in 1979."
To quote Tim Roth from Reservoir Dogs, "I'm fuckin' dyin' here!" Take a look at this, from 1983:

Nineteen-eighty fucking three! Now, if Rumsfeld and Cheney and Reagan and all the fucking family values assholes that were hijacking our government back then really gave two shits about the vicious deaths of innocents by tyrants, do ya think you'd have been seeing this tender moment? Let me put it into words for the more left-brained among us:
"he National Security Archive at George Washington University today published on the Web a series of declassified U.S. documents detailing the U.S. embrace of Saddam Hussein in the early 1980's, including the renewal of diplomatic relations that had been suspended since 1967. The documents show that during this period of renewed U.S. support for Saddam, he had invaded his neighbor (Iran), had long-range nuclear aspirations that would "probably" include "an eventual nuclear weapon capability," harbored known terrorists in Baghdad, abused the human rights of his citizens, and possessed and used chemical weapons on Iranians and his own people. The U.S. response was to renew ties, to provide intelligence and aid to ensure Iraq would not be defeated by Iran, and to send a high-level presidential envoy named Donald Rumsfeld to shake hands with Saddam (20 December 1983)."
Thanks to George Washington University for the data.

Thanks to George W. Moron (that's an insult, not an ad hominem attack) for the irony.

Thanks to the dead and traumatized survivors of the years when Saddam was our buddy, for being the faceless tools with which this administration's bottom-feeders made a fortune in career-building assets.

Dontcha feel better now?

And safer! Don't forget safer!!

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