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February 14, 2006
Poetic Justice?

Saddam Hussein attempted to disrupt his trial yet again, in another of his tiresome and pathetic antics in today's session. This time he interrupted the court to announce that he has started a hunger strike to protest the injustice of being held accountable for his crimes:

Saddam Hussein told the court during the latest session of his trial Tuesday that he was on hunger strike to protest tough stances by the chief judge.

The former Iraqi leader shouted his support for Iraqi insurgents, yelling "Long live the mujahedeen," as he entered the courtroom and immediately began a heated exchange with judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman.

"For three days we have been holding a hunger strike protesting against your way in treating us — against you and your masters," Saddam told Abdel-Rahman.

This statement didn't provide all of the comic relief, however. Saddam's co-defendant and half-brother, Barzan Ibrahim, has taken to wearing nothing but underwear to show his contempt for the court. Who knew that Barzan would have so much in common with Larry Flynt?

Apparently, Saddam thinks that starving himself will shock the conscience of the world and garner him some sympathy. Considering all of the children that starved while Saddam pocketed the money intended to feed them, this sounds more like poetic justice. Can we make sure that no one talks Saddam out of his new strategy, please?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at February 14, 2006 7:00 AM

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