Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Victor's Justice

Putting Saddam on trial is a tactical error. He waged illegal war; he used torture- oh, gosh- now who else does that remind me of?

Killing people is what national leaders do. It's part of the job description. OK, Saddam was a little more hands-on than most.

When they first dug him out of his hole I thought- King Lear. Now that they've tidied him up King Lear is a poor fit- but there's still something Shakespearian about him. Richard III? Henry IV?

Or if we sidestep a little- how about Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great?

It's a monster- but it's a tragic monster. It's a bear in a bear pit. It has charisma. It will elicit sympathy.
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