Sunday, December 31, 2006

I may vomit

From The New York Times:

BAGHDAD, Dec. 30 — Saddam Hussein never bowed his head, until his neck snapped.

His last words were equally defiant.

“Down with the traitors, the Americans, the spies and the Persians.”

The political left lives by the credo, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend". Since the left regards the United States as enemy number one they are naturally drawn to anyone else who hates America.

This leads them inexorably to admire Saddam Hussein since Saddam was a hater of the United States and never passed up an opportunity to hurl his defiance at America.

It didn't take long for that natural affinity for the late tyrant to show itself in the pages of the premier left-wing fish-wrapper. Note the way the writer continues to fawn on Hussein:

When he rose to be led back to the execution room at 6 a.m., he looked strong, confident and calm. Whatever apprehension he may have had only minutes earlier had faded.

[. . .]

Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Iraq’s national security adviser, asked Mr. Hussein if he had any remorse or fear.

“No,” he said bluntly. “I am a militant and I have no fear for myself. I have spent my life in jihad and fighting aggression. Anyone who takes this route should not be afraid.”

[. . .]

Mr. Hussein was led up to the gallows without a struggle. His hands were unbound, put behind his back, then fastened again. He showed no remorse. He held his head high.

[. . .]

He said a last prayer. Then, with his eyes wide open, no stutter or choke in his throat, he said his final words cursing the Americans and the Persians.