Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Belfast Telegraph:

The interrogator then said: 'If you had no weapons of mass destruction then why not let the UN inspectors into your facilities?' Saddam's alleged reply was: 'We didn't what them to go into the presidential areas and intrude on our privacy.'

The answer is a strange one, as the last set of UN and International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) inspections, under Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei demanded and got access to presidential palaces.
Forgive me, but isn't the question itself a bit strange as well, for the exact same reason? Are Saddam's captors talking him into senility?

Clearly they're using the old journalistic trick of asking the interview subject when he stopped beating his wife. There's no correct answer.

(Granted, that's an imperfect analogy, because Saddam was in fact responsible for a helluva lot worse that wife-beating. Not that wife-beating isn't bad on its own. Oh, never mind.)


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