Uday and Qusay Hussein, the ace of hearts and ace of clubs respectively, in the popular deck of most-wanted-in-Iraq cards, have met a fate similar to the thousands they were personally responsible for killing. The only downside is that they died more quickly than many of the victims of their atrocities. Hell has surely welcomed them with open, flaming arms. The family that kills together gets to burn together.
How bad were these guys? According to the U.S. State Department's Web page titled "Iraq: Crimes Against Humanity," Qusay "swiftly helps Saddam eliminate any real or perceived threat to the regime by using bloody and shocking 'tools of repression' to blackmail, force confessions and destroy opponents." He authorized "interrogation, jailing and execution of political prisoners and their families." Between 1988 and 1999, he "periodically ordered executions of several thousand inmates" in what was referred to as "prison cleansing." Maybe he thought it a way to reduce the recidivism rate.
Uday, Saddam's eldest son, had been marginalized in favor of his younger brother, but he brought his own set of bloody hands and a history of "extreme (cq) violent behavior including murder, torture and rape of women and girls," says the State Department. In one especially well-known deviant act, he tortured and jailed members of Iraq's national soccer team for losing games. He was "heavily involved in Iraq's smuggling against U.N. sanctions and in illicit financial dealings."
Surely Saddam's days are also numbered. Bush administration officials have said it is just a matter of time before the rest of the deck of cards is found. Osama bin Laden, take note. Now that the Hussein sons are dead and soon, it is hoped, Saddam is also put out of the world's misery, we will see if Iraqis welcome freedom. I suspect most will, except hard-line clerics who care more about lording it over others than knowing God.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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