Friday, October 28, 2005
Caution: Major Rant Ahead
Frick, frack, ackalack!

I'm steaming this morning!

Check out this news, via MSNBC.

It seems that Saddam's half-brother and head of his Mukhabarat Intelligence Service is pleading with the "infidel" "occupiers" for some mercy. Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti is a co-defendant in Saddam's trial and faces charges on "crimes against humanity."

But, naturally, he proclaims his innocence. In fact, and this is my absolute favorite part, he insists that he is, "an innocent person dragged into a matter that does not concern him, and on which his view is well known.” Just ask those folks who met his friend Woody the WoodChipper. They'll tell ya. He's innocent.

But, in the grand tradition of lawless thug dictatorships who suddenly embrace Geneva Conventions, Democracy, and Humanity when they get their pee-pees caught in the big zipper of life, Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti is pleading with George W. Bush and Tony Blair in writing to allow him his freedom so that he can seek treatment for spinal cancer.
“I plead to President Bush ... in the name of justice and the principles of
democracy and human rights defended by the United States, to look into my
humanitarian situation,” the newspaper quoted Barzan as saying in the

I am dumbstruck at the gall of this guy. Hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis just rolled over in their mass graves. Puh-lease! He's not on trial for jaywalking, folks.

I wonder how many of those guys who got cancer treatment in the woodchipper would line up to fight for this guy's human rights? Actually, I don't really wonder. I know how many: zero. But the line forming to be the one to visit horrors upon his person wraps around the country.

The incredible joke about all of this is I can't believe he's being denied treatment now. I can't be sure, because the article doesn't specify who has him in custody, but I have to believe he's getting better care than he would have gotten as a loyal henchman in Saddam's Healthcare Package. From what I've heard, that program often favored throwing the babe out with the bathwater; cutting off ears, fingers, and the like as preventative care, and the come-one-come-all panacea of Woody the Woodchipper.

This guy probably wouldn't appreciate the irony of me using a yiddish word to describe him, but he's got chutzpah.
posted by Phoenix | 9:44 AM


At 12:53 PM, Anonymous NE said...

Chutzpah indeed. And while we're in that linguistic neighborhood, what a schmuck.


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