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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Another Reuters special - "protestors" in Tikrit

What better way to describe a bunch of Saddam's fiercest supporters and relatives from his ancestral hometown of Tikrit than as "protestors" demanding Saddam be tried under "international law".

Original caption: Iraqis hold pictures of Iraq's former president Saddam Hussein and banners in Arabic reading 'We want this government to be judged, we want Saddam to be tried under international laws', during a protest against Saddam's trial, in the Sunni-dominated town of Tikrit, 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, October 19, 2005. Dozens of supporters of Saddam Hussein took to the streets of his hometown Tikrit on Wednesday, vowing loyalty to the former dictator as he went on trial in Baghdad charged with crimes against humanity. The trial has been adjourned to take place on November 28, 2005. REUTERS/Ghazouan Al-Joubouri

Here's how the BBC (!!) describes Tikrit:
Tikrit is the ancestral home town of Saddam Hussein's clan and had enormous psychological importance for the former regime.

The residents of the town, 165 kilometres north-west of the capital Baghdad, were intensely loyal to the former Iraqi leader. Its tight-knit ruling tribe and allied clansmen were part of the regime's innermost circle.

It was near here that Saddam Hussein was born 66 years ago. Since he fell from power, Tikrit has proved to be a hotbed of resistance to US-led occupying forces.
Tikrit was also where Saddam was captured after the US invasion. Where Saddam is these days:

And being tried by Iraqis rather than foreigners in The Hague. As it should be.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 10/22/2005 01:02:00 PM


Blogger francis said...

Among the many advantages to the world of this trial happening as it is, where it is, is that Iraq has the death penalty.

10/22/2005 04:20:00 PM  

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