For his part in the massacre at Dujail, which I encourage you to compare to the Nazi massacre at Lidice. These guys all follow the same playbook; this particular game just happened to end a little differently.
Barzan al-Tikriti, the former head of intelligence, and Awad al-Bandar, the head of the Revolutionary Court, got the noose too. Taha Yassin Ramadan, his VP, was found guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced to life. Saddam himself wanted a firing squad. Instead they sentenced him like a common criminal, just the way Churchill wanted to do to Hitler.
The BBC has a short photo essay on Dujail. Here’s the last picture in the series. What follows is left to your imagination:
I’d recommend reading Omar’s post from 2003, too. He met a young doctor who’d grown up in the town and was there for the reprisals after the assassination attempt: “The women and children had their share, and this is what saw: extraction of nails and teeth, electric shocks, whipping with lashes, using razors to tear the skin into shreds, my aunt was left hanging from the roof after her clothes had been wrapped of her in front of her brothers to force them to talk. Do you know how much pain we suffered? Can you imagine? I doubt it.”
CNN has archival footage of the incident from 1982. Click the image to watch.
Dujail’s the tip of the iceberg, one notorious incident for which they had good evidence. The crimes against the Kurds have yet to be punished. But there’s small satisfaction, at least, in some of them having gotten to face the bastard down in court. This incident, for whatever odd reason, I find especially moving. “Congratulations Saddam Hussein – you are now in a cage!”
But not for much longer. Sic semper tyrannis.
Update: Many thanks to our pal in the UK, kasper kasper, for ‘Tubing this. From the BBC, here’s the man of the hour, Koran in hand, predictably screeching, “Allahu Akbar.”
Update: Reader Niko e-mails to note that Amnesty International is unhappy.
Update: Reaction at the Huffington Post.