December 14, 2003

KARL MARX IMPERSONATOR ARRESTED

Ladies and gentleman, we got him:

The announcement was greeted with cheers from the audience.

Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez showed video of Saddam, who had graying hair and a long beard, undergoing a medical examination after his capture.

Several Iraqi journalists stood up and shouted "Death to Saddam" after the video was shown.

Wow. Whatís wrong with these people? Itís as if they donít remember the plastic turkey. Soon, Saddam himself might be roasted:

U.S. officials said they still haven't decided what to do with Saddam Hussein now that he's been captured, but one option is putting him before a special tribunal established just days ago.

Iraq's interim government established a special tribunal Wednesday to try top members of Saddam's government for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

A few friendly chats are in order first. Mustafa Alani, an analyst at Royal United Services Institute in London, tells al-Jazeera:

It's an intelligence prize because they can get information from him ...

Yes. Starting with this:

Iraq's coalition government claims that it has uncovered documentary proof that Mohammed Atta, the al-Qaeda mastermind of the September 11 attacks against the US, was trained in Baghdad by Abu Nidal, the notorious Palestinian terrorist.

Details of Atta's visit to the Iraqi capital in the summer of 2001, just weeks before he launched the most devastating terrorist attack in US history, are contained in a top secret memo written to Saddam Hussein, the then Iraqi president, by Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti, the former head of the Iraqi Intelligence Service.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 14, 2003 11:15 PM
Comments

Make it a double, eh Tim?

Merry Xmas to us all.

Posted by: Jericho Christiansen at December 14, 2003 at 11:17 PM

Strangely all the left wing blogs that I have been to have not mentioned Saddams capture yet. They still seem to be sulking.

Posted by: Ross at December 14, 2003 at 11:18 PM

Just a short note to all commenters:

Thank you. You people rock.

Posted by: tim at December 14, 2003 at 11:21 PM

God bless you Tim. A great night. And it was a pleaure to share just a little piece of it with you.

All the best to you and yours.

Posted by: Jericho at December 14, 2003 at 11:24 PM

Meet me in five minutes.

Posted by: n at December 14, 2003 at 11:26 PM

Wooo hooo! Gonna be hard to talk about the iraq "quagmire" now, isn't it? Gonna be harder still to keep Bush out of office in 2004, isn't it? What a coup and morale-booster for sane iraqis working to rebuild their country this has to be. Can you say crimes-against-humanity trial? "Tired and resigned to his fate", Sanchez said about Saddam. Wow. What great news.

Posted by: matt at December 14, 2003 at 11:28 PM

Strangely all the left wing blogs that I have been to have not mentioned Saddams capture yet. They still seem to be sulking.

Must suck being a lefty right now. I mean, even more than usual.

Posted by: Osamas Psychotic Proctologist at December 14, 2003 at 11:32 PM

"U.S. officials said they still haven't decided what to do with Saddam Hussein now that he's been captured, but one option is putting him before a special tribunal established just days ago."

It's a legal quagmire. It will be fun to see who is first to run to his defense.

"'Yes Saddam is a monster' but it would be prejudicial to actually say that in court"

Posted by: LB at December 14, 2003 at 11:33 PM

I thought Allen (Alan?) Ginsberg.

Posted by: Tony.T at December 14, 2003 at 11:36 PM

na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye, na na na na, na na na na, hey hey goodbye

Posted by: Two in the Hat at December 14, 2003 at 11:38 PM

Galloway, Fisk, Adams, Scheer,Rall et al: will need to be put on a suicide watch after this...Bye BYe Saddam!!!!This is the greatest news....

Posted by: debbie at December 14, 2003 at 11:39 PM

'Strangely all the left wing blogs that I have been to have not mentioned Saddams capture yet. They still seem to be sulking'.

you know what, Margo, Adams, and others of their ilk criticise Bush and Howard, yet, what if anything, have they ever done to help make the world a 'better place', to have the courage of thier convictions and 'do' something?

Well done to all those who had vision and were prepared to fight for something that was going to make a difference to the lives of others, as opposed to sitting in a cushy office, clutching a decent salary.

Posted by: nic at December 14, 2003 at 11:44 PM

Tim,

Surely you must be aware that any Junta that would steal an election and hold a fake turkey platter would also fake a Saddam capture because the Halliburton Crisis of Treason and Theft was set to bring down the illegal occupation in DC so they needed to 'capture' their fake Saddam clone/puppet. Now who's being naive?

Dave
Occupied America

Posted by: Dave at December 15, 2003 at 12:03 AM

"you know what, Margo, Adams, and others of their ilk criticise Bush and Howard, yet, what if anything, have they ever done to help make the world a 'better place', to have the courage of thier convictions and 'do' something?
Well done to all those who had vision and were prepared to fight for something that was going to make a difference to the lives of others, as opposed to sitting in a cushy office, clutching a decent salary."

I could not agree more. Well said Nic. I think it really does come down to the fact that throughout history, it has not been such people as these that have made a difference, or improved anyone's lot. They have been the do-nothings, the belly-achers, the complainers and the hand-wringers.

This night we have have been fortunate enough to witness another step forward taken for humanity, and it was forged by the bold; who dared mightily, and thus won the hearts of men. (and women! ;-))

Posted by: Jericho at December 15, 2003 at 12:05 AM

I got up early on sunday morning, but did not turn on the TV. I took a leak, scrambled some eggs, and sat down at my computer. Drudge had not reported any news woth looking at, so I started to roll through my favorites list. I opened up Tim's blog, and saw his notes on Saddam's capture. I thought that this was a BS story. After all, Drudge had not reported it, nor had my local New Jersey newspaper site reported it. For the hell of it, I clicked over to the BBC site, and there was the picture of Saddam, looking for all the world like a wino who just had his last bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 swiped from him. My eyes welled up with tears of joy. We got him. We finally got the bastard. I ran downstairs and turned on the tv.

Tim, I am a regular visitor to your site. I cannot say that I follow all the ins and outs of Australian politics that you write about, and I must admit that although I did not really care who won the rugby world cup, I rooted for the English in a half assed manner. Despite all of that, you should know this: Decades from now, when my grandchildren ask me how I learned of the capture of the tyrant, I will tell them the story of Tim Blair and his website.

Posted by: Sean at December 15, 2003 at 12:14 AM

Saddam's capture is good but...

These are just some unorganized idle thoughts before I've had a cup of coffee. Capturing Saddam is a good thing - he was a bad guy. I'm really glad he was captured and not killed.

But, it really doesn't change much. Capturing Saddam isn't going to end the resistance to the US occupation in Iraq. It may improve things slightly, or it could even make it worse, but the net effect will probably be negligible. Saddam was a bad guy, but it isn't clear he's any worse of a guy than some of the folks who are a part of our "Coalition of the Willing," so this pretense of moral clarity, etc... is ridiculous.

Saddam wasn't a threat to us. This was a war of choice and we made a bad choice (and many more bad choices subsequently). Kosovo was also a war of choice. Whether or not that was a bad choice, consider the disparity in the media coverage of those wars.

And, cynical me just has to ask - who's the enemy now? The base needs one.

Did they really call it "operation Red Dawn?" oy

-Atrios 8:46 AM

Posted by: ZsaZsa at December 15, 2003 at 12:15 AM

I'm a little skeptical about the intelligence report of Atta in Baghdad but if it turns out to be true this, along with Saddam's capture, will deal a one-two knockout punch to anti-war arguments. The left will never admit to being wrong of course, but this would go a long way towards justifying the war in the minds of most moderates who had misgivings about it.

Posted by: Randal Robinson at December 15, 2003 at 12:23 AM

I for one know what to do with him. Let him loose in Baghdad and with a camera attached. And you thought Kill Bill was violent!

Posted by: madne0 at December 15, 2003 at 12:24 AM

Can I get my free oil now?

Posted by: Jerry at December 15, 2003 at 12:44 AM

God Bless the soldiers of the US 4th Infantry Division, and those who had the courage to deploy them.

Today the world is a better place.

Posted by: Pedro the Ignorant at December 15, 2003 at 01:04 AM

Ross, Matt,

you seem to have a lot of anger in your lives. By the way, the left is not sulking. For example, I am overjoyed Hussein will see justice.

Randall, how is this a "knock-out punch"? It hasn't changed the historical record. It hasn't made anti-war arguments "wrong". It is a good thing, but does nothing for pro-war arguments.

Posted by: fatfingers at December 15, 2003 at 06:14 AM

Lucky for Saddam he fell into US hands, they've been propping him up for decades.

Posted by: Miranda Divide at December 15, 2003 at 09:37 AM

I saw the press conference where they announced it officially... As soon as the video appeared, people in the press pool started cheering, & mid-way through, people where shouting in Arabic 'death to saddam' (they didn't wait for the end of it).

Posted by: Wes at December 15, 2003 at 12:33 PM

Sure, Miranda; that's why he was found with Russian weapons. Because the United States was propping him up.

Damn fool.

Posted by: John Nowak at December 15, 2003 at 03:22 PM

"It hasn't changed the historical record. It hasn't made anti-war arguments "wrong"."

Fathead, you are dead right. The capture of Hussein hasn't made the anti-war 'arguments' wrong. They were very very very very wrong right from the beginning. I am very glad to see a lefty scum appreciating this. Maybe one day you will grow up and see the light.

Posted by: Todd at December 15, 2003 at 03:37 PM

Fatfingers- Anger? Me? You are confusing anger with pettyness.

Posted by: Ross at December 15, 2003 at 04:08 PM