Saddam’s killing field

Saddam’s killing field
: More details are coming to us from the horrid morgue filled with Saddam’s victims that was discovered by British troops. The Observer reports:

Something terrible happened here. Something murderous. Something evil.

The proof lies in a cargo container nearby. Its metal door hangs open and inside are pages and pages of files. Each sheaf of notes contains a picture of a man or woman. Each and every one has been shot in the head. Their wounds are mangled and gaping. Many of them barely looked human any more as the anonymous photographer chronicled their dead faces. It is a horror almost beyond words….

There are signs of torture too. Outside the warehouse stands a wall. It is dotted in the centre with a spray of bullet holes. Nearly all of them are at head height. There is a ditch behind it. If anyone was shot against the wall, their blood would have drained cleanly away. In another warehouse a dozen tiny concrete cells have been built of breeze blocks inside the hangar. In some of them portraits of Saddam Hussein stare from the grey walls. In several an iron pole has been hung from the roof. Dangling from it are rusting metal hooks. They are ideal torture chambers.

Saddam is Pol Pot. He is Slobodan Milosevic. He is Idi Amin. He is Adolf Hitler.

How can anyone doubt that he had to be defeated?

If we are to be ashamed of anything, it is that we did not get rid of him years sooner.

: Al-Jazeera quotes an unnamed Iraqi official saying that the bodies are Iraqi soldiers killed in Iran and recently sent home. Nice try. But then why are there all those head-high bullet holes on the wall outside?

  • nick

    If they found one, will they find more?

  • Tim

    Just put this in the “war crimes” column and keep moving.
    We all knew this was happening. Facing the stark reality of seeing it on TV only reinforces the position of G. W. Bush that Saddam is evil and has to go, hey hey ho ho.

  • David Gillies

    Isn’t it odd how genocidal regimes seem compelled to document their crimes?

  • Pithpott

    Well, they need to be sure…

  • Bill Peschel

    Stand down; it really was a morgue. The Washington Post’s reporting it. From Susan B. Glasser’s report:
    “But by Sunday afternoon, as the artillery blasted away at Basra, investigators from a special task force set up to hunt down weapons of mass destruction and other possible violations by Saddam announced a different finding. The bodies, they said, appeared to be soldiers killed in the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88, stored here as part of a repatriation agreement between the two countries.
    “Chief Warrant Officer Dan Walters, an Army criminal investigator, said the remains appeared to date from the mid-1980s and that those examined so far had died in ways