Some interesting developments today:
1) Saddam was arraigned, and he disdainfully told the gathered throng: "I am Saddam Hussein, the president of Iraq." To make matters worse, some have reported that he then looked at the judge and in a very upbeat manner said he was "absolutely, positively, 100% not guilty." Saddam's Motion to Transfer Venue to Los Angeles was then immediately denied by the judge, and he was ordered to put panties on his head for making the motion.
2) CNN reported today that, according to the Pentagon, Marine Cpl. Hassoun was UA (unauthorized absence) when he was captured. There are reports that he may have had family problems in his native Lebanon and was trying to reach his family there. As I said before this news was announced, the terrorists' description of "luring" Hassoun from his base is patently false, as has now been confirmed. Now that the jihadis released three Turks "for the sake of these Muslim brothers", the question now is whether our U.S. Marine and Muslim will get the same treatment. The terrorists have kind of painted themselves into a corner, but counting on this crowd to act rationally ... which brings us ...
3) Back to Saddam ... Speculation in Britain is, gasp, that the President of Iraq may be executed as a result of his trial. Remember, though, that his wife has assembled a Muslim dream team of 20 lawyers to defend the case. I mean, these dream-teamers may have prevented some hands getting whacked off in their lifetimes, or saved other deposed dictators with famous arguments such as: "If the chemical weapons can't be found, their not around" ... or "If the bomb didn't hit, you must acquit". At any rate, the Brits are banking that these learned counselors at law may run into the buzz saw that is Iraqi justice. Predictably, the British response thus was: "Well, we are opposed to capital punishment, you know, but ... well, all in the name of self-rule." Here, here.
Ponder this: If you lose your hand in a Muslim country for theft, what do you get for genocide? They may go all the way past the uncomfortable positions to the naked dog pile. Stay tuned.