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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:40 PM
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Trial of the Century? Not for Iraqis(the last report-kidnap Guardian r ep)
This is the last report from the "kidnapped" guardian reporter

By Guardian Newspapers, 10/17/2005






Rory Carroll in Baghdad

The stage is set, the actors are ready, but the audience is distracted. Saddam Hussein's trial starts tomorrow, trailing words such as momentous and historic, a courtroom drama with a gallows in the wings. The former president is expected to play his part, defiant and confident even if denied a tie lest he make a premature noose. The prosecution and defence have studied transcripts from Nuremberg and The Hague and rehearsed their lines. Five judges will determine the final act.

Iraq, however, does not quite fit the bill of a nation thirsting for justice. The man who ruled like an Arab Stalin for two decades, whose persona invaded his citizens' thoughts more effectively than his troops invaded neighbouring countries, has shrunk. The ragged fugitive dragged from a spider hole near Tikrit in December 2003 was physically diminished - Saddam lost weight on the run - and the subsequent incarceration and near invisibility whittled his relevance.

"People here don't think it will be a fair trial. But they will do nothing because they don't care about him," said Fawzi Mohammad, 48, a cement plant manager in Falluja, a city of ruins and a symbol of resistance to the Americans. "Saddam now is the past for us. He is like an old currency, worthless."

Abbas Ali Hassan, secretary of Falluja's city council, bristled at the name. "Forget him. We want to develop. We don't want to remain on the shore. We want to go deeper into the sea." z>>>>>snip --------it really is a good read---------

http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/10-17-2005-79130.asp

Doesn't sound like something the powers in charge would like to
be in print... The USA msm and govt. news wants this to be the trail of the century
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:43 PM
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1. Guardian reporter missing in Iraq
A journalist for the Guardian newspaper is thought to have been kidnapped after going missing in Iraq.

It is believed Baghdad correspondent Rory Carroll may have been abducted by armed men while on assignment in the capital, a Guardian statement said.

The paper said it was urgently seeking information about the 33-year-old Republic of Ireland national.

Mr Carroll had been in Iraq for nine months. He previously worked as South Africa correspondent.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4357284.st ...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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