Kurd to Saddam: “Congratulations! You Are in a Cage.”

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Without getting into whether it’s “worth” all the blood that’s been spent over the past three years, I do think it’s pretty great that such a thing as this can happen (Los Angeles Times).

A Kurdish villager mocked Saddam Hussein in court Tuesday as the man recalled the disappearance of his relatives during a 1980s military campaign in northern Iraq.

“Congratulations! You are in a cage,” said the witness, Ghafour Hassan Abdullah, addressing Hussein and his six codefendants seated behind metal grates in the courtroom.

Worth reading also for the nutball utterances of the former dictator himself. (“When I am right I cannot be scared, and I don’t think there is a power on Earth that can shake even one hair of my mustache.” etc. etc.)

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