Sunday, December 14, 2003

YES!

This isn't just the end of the beginning, but the beginning of the end. A lot of Bush bashers are going to be having fits over this piece of news. What wonderful news this is for the people of Iraq!

Ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been captured by US forces, says the US chief administrator in Iraq.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we got him," Paul Bremer said at a news conference in the capital, Baghdad, prompting loud cheers from Iraqis in the audience.

The former leader was found hiding in a cellar in a town about 30 kilometres south of his ancestral hometown Tikrit.

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Saddam Hussein was found following intelligence indicating he was at one of two possible locations south of Tikrit, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, commander of coalition ground forces in Iraq.

A large contingent of US forces conducted extensive searches of the area and found a small rural farmhouse..

A "spider hole" was detected within the house with an entrance camouflaged with bricks and dirt.

When uncovered, US troops found the former Iraqi president in a hole barely six to eight feet (1.8m to 2.5m) deep.

Colonel Sanchez said he offered no resistance.

I have to say that I'm rather disappointed in Saddam, as I felt certain that he'd rather take the Hitler-option and put a bullet in his own head rather than risk capture. I guess it only goes to show that the man is too much of a coward to contemplate suicide. Anyway, now that Saddam's been captured, how do the Americans propose to try him? I sense that this question will soon open up a whole new kettle of worms.