Phillip Adams is the latest appeaser to play down Saddam Hussein’s savagery. Reports that the Butcher of Baghdad may be responsible for 400,000 deaths were untrue, the fat plagiarist claims, basing this on material he filched from that fount of unbiased accuracy, the Guardian-Observer empire. Adams leans towards a ball park figure of 10,000 casualties and with unashamed moral equivalence suggests this equals the number of Iraqi military victims who died in the coalition’s invasion.
Flyblown Phil might pick up some moral balance by reading a litany of atrocities collected from the world’s press — many of which are as bourgois Left as His Immenseness — that have been collated by the White House.
“Saddam Hussein’s regime was similar to those of the Nazis and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in that there is a vast amount of documentary evidence relating to the atrocities they committed.
“We visited the notorious Abu Gehb Prison outside Baghdad and found written records of prisoners being executed by being put through mincing machines.”
– Western Mail, June 14, 2003
“Last October another bride, 18, was dragged, resisting, into a guardhouse on one of Uday’s properties, according to a maid who worked there. The maid says she saw a guard rip off the woman’s white wedding dress and lock her, crying, in a bathroom. After Uday arrived, the maid heard screaming. Later she was called to clean up. The body of the woman was carried out in a military blanket, she said. There were acid burns on her left shoulder and the left side of her face. The maid found bloodstains on Uday’s mattress and clumps of black hair and peeled flesh in the bedroom. A guard told her, “Don’t say anything about what you see, or you and your family will be finished.”
– Time, May 25, 2003
“The executions took place two or three times on most days, Arjawi said. Each time, between 100 and 150 blindfolded people, their hands and sometimes feet bound, were led into pits about 10 feet deep. Gunmen then fired into the pit, often for several minutes, Arjawi said. A bulldozer then pushed dirt onto the bodies, sometimes burying or crushing people who had survived the volley and were trying to climb out.”
– Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2003
“In two days, they’ve found 2,000 bodies–men, women, children, some handicapped. Many skeletons were still blindfolded. The Iraqis and the US military believe there are several thousand more. This is an archaeological site. And it’s no accident the bodies were buried here. Under Saddam Hussein, it was illegal for Iraqis to dig here, or even walk on the site. Search teams look for identification inside crumbling wallets, adding each name to a ledger. If there’s no ID, they hope a relative might recognize something — a watch, a scarf.”
– ABC World News Tonight, May 13, 2003
“Thousands of people are missing in Iraq, victims of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, but a more visible legacy are the parts that are missing from people who survived. Missing eyes, ears, toenails and tongues mark those who fell into the hands of Mr. Hussein’s powerful security services.”
– The New York Times, April 24, 2003
“I saw thousands killed and buried in mass graves. Some were lined up and machine- gunned before being covered with sand. Others were just buried alive. Saddam had a programme of telling villagers (Kurds) they were being relocated south. We would take trucks that would normally hold 12 to 15 people and put in 200 with no water or ventilation. Many would die on the way. Survivors were driven to Al Anbar or Tharthar and buried alive in vast holes dug in the ground. I saw thousands of people . men, women and children . die this way.”
– Defecting colonel in Iraqi internal security service, Evening Standard (London), April 17, 2003
It is disturbing reading and reinforces the Mark Steyn doctrine that there’s never a bad reason to take out a thug regime. I intend to send the list off to members of the hating classes with the suggestion they were quite content to see this continue. Love the sight of commies squirming in the morning.