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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Saddam's Undies

Just when I think the news can't get any stupider, it does.

Some moron decided to give photos of Saddam Hussein in various states of undress to Rupert Murdoch's right-wing tabloids on the idea that this would somehow weaken the insurgency. Bombing the hell out of their headquarters hasn't stopped the insurgency, but maybe showing them pictures of Saddam in his underpants will--great logic there.

The fact that Saddam was captured and a video was shown of the ex-dictator getting checked for lice by the school nurse should have de-mystified him to whatever extent possible. And the attacks in Iraq kept on coming anyway.

Do the Sun and Post think that these attacks were based on the idea that even in custody, Saddam retained some magical powers like not needing to wear any sort of undergarments whatsoever? So that now, having destroyed that image, these fighters will lay down arms?

Here's what I'm referring to:

The Sun said that it had obtained the photographs from an unnamed member of the U.S. military who was quoted as saying that the photographs were intended to show insurgents that Hussein is no longer a legendary dictator and is instead "just an aging and humble old man."

In fact, the consequences could be the opposite:

Masmoudi said that because much of the insurgency in Iraq is made up of Baathists and former members of Hussein's government, the photos of their leader in a humiliating scene could encourage their attacks against Americans and the Iraqis working with them.

Isn't it heartening to know we have such brilliant military tacticians with access to Saddam Hussein? Top that, Newsweek!