Thursday, April 07, 2005

It's now official, Saddam was "upset" (but what will Amnesty think?)

Ann Althouse points out that, in today's Guardian, Saddam is reported as having been "upset" by watching the news that Talabani was selected as the new President of Iraq.

The Iraqi human rights minister is quoted as having told Reuters:

He [Saddam] was clearly upset. He realised that it was over, that a democratic process had taken place and that there was a new, elected president."

I'm wondering whether, now that Iraq seems well on the way to becoming a functioning democracy, human rights minister Amin will be besieged by the equivalent of the ACLU or Amnesty, claiming that forcing Saddam to watch Talabani's selection constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

But no, I see that's been covered, too. Apparently, no coercion was involved. According to Amin, the former dictator had chosen to view the recording of the parliamentary vote.

Is Saddam a glutton for punishment (his own, I mean; we already know he feasts on that of others)? Or is he so bored he'll watch anything at this point? Or perhaps he's delusional and narcissistic enough to watch because he thought they'd be clamoring for his reinstallation?

He may not have liked the beer and taco chips, either.

4 Comments:

At 1:45 AM, April 08, 2005, Blogger rosignol said...

Or is he so bored he'll watch anything at this point?

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That'd be my guess.

I understand he also has a picture of President Bush to contemplate.

Heh.

 
At 5:01 AM, April 08, 2005, Anonymous Paul said...

Let Saddam watch Oprah. Ye gods what torture! :)

 
At 7:13 AM, April 08, 2005, Blogger Howard said...

File this under: "it's none of my business what you think of me dot com."

He is the personification of a zero.

 
At 2:54 PM, April 13, 2005, Blogger Lichanos said...

"...will be besieged by the equivalent of the ACLU or Amnesty, claiming that forcing Saddam to watch Talabani's selection constitutes cruel and unusual punishment."

Typical snarky comment, born of your emotional reaction to...everything? Has the ACLU or Amnesty ever made such an absurd claim about anyone? Yes, I know it's supposed to be a joke, but your jokes have a telling consistency.

 

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