Tyrant Captured Without a Fight
Vol: 27 Issue: 14 Sunday, December 14, 2003
Saddam Hussein the tyrant has been captured. I doubt there is a reporter in the Western world who hasn’t planned exactly how he would write this story when the time came. I know that I did, but now that it is reality, whatever I had planned seems inadequate.
Like many others, I anticipated announcing his demise at the hands of coalition troops in the aftermath of a fierce firefight, as occurred with his two sons, Uday and Qusay.
Instead, Saddam was discovered cowering in a hole underneath a mud shack. He was captured without a shot being fired, although the tyrant had two AK-47’s and a pistol, presumably so that, if the troops came, he wouldn’t be taken alive. But when the time came, the monster who took so many lives during his thirty-five year reign didn’t have the nerve to take his own.
As I was watching the celebrations in Iraq, I was suddenly struck by the memory of those same Iraqis dancing in celebration when the word came of the attacks on New York and Washington. In retrospect, the dancing and singing in 2001 was obviously forced.
What went on in the streets of Baghdad when the pictures of a bearded, dirty and disheveled Saddam was flashed across the airwaves was genuine ecstacy.
Now that we got him, what will happen next? Already, the Europeans have weighed in, demanding he be tried by the UN’s International War Crimes Tribunal. They want him tried there because Saddam won’t face the death penalty. And the Europeans are already condemning any effort to bring Saddam before any court that could impose the ultimate sanction.
The United States suspended Iraq’s death penalty when the Coalition Occupation Authority took over governing Iraq. But the US plans to restore Iraq’s sovereignty by July 1, 2004.
By the time Saddam comes to trial, Iraq will be a sovereign nation with the right to make that decision for themselves.
Saddam’s crimes were not against the Europeans or the UN, in the final analysis. Saddam ordered the mutilation and murder of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. Saddam doesn’t owe the UN or the Europeans a ‘show trial’. He owes the Iraqi people JUSTICE.
In any case, the Butcher of Baghdad is no more.
Forgive the brevity of this morning’s briefing. We’re still pretty sick, but I think the worst of it is over. I’ve been too sick to interact much in the forums for the last couple of days, but I have been checking in from time to time and I want to thank you so much for your prayers — which have clearly been effective. Although the last couple of days haven’t been pleasant, it has been nowhere nearly as bad as it could have been.
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)
Gayle and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your love and support. Praise God for answered prayers.
And praise God for the capture of the tyrant!
God bless America!