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For some reason it just doesn't have the same ring as when Ghandi did it.

Maybe its the fact that Ghandi did it to protest British rule of India and then again in protest of autocratic rule in the newly independent India. And Saddam was a dictator who ruled his country with intimidation, violence and fear.

Or maybe its because Ghandi's resistance of tyranny through mass civil disobedience was strongly founded upon total non-violence. Saddam? He employed oppressive anti-Kurdish policies in his country and an al-Anfal Campaign which lead to the genocide of 182,000 civilian Iraqi kurds according to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

The point is I have a hard time believing Saddam is going to get a fair trial given the circumstance and the "war on terror" and I don't think him staging a hunger strike is going to make anyone feel sorry for him.

Saddam's Masterful Courtroom Act by BBC International
Hussein Tells Court He's On a Hunger Strike
by Borzou Daragahi (La Times)
Saddam and co-defendants 'on hunger strike' by Guardian UK

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nico said... @ 2/15/2006 04:02:00 AM

Dictators always are colorful characters though, you have to give 'em that.

I've been meaning to read Gandhi's autobiography. It's been sitting on my bookshelves for years. Considering the fact that Gandhi is from the same Indian ethnic group as my inlaws, I should probably make it a priority.

JT said... @ 2/15/2006 10:26:00 AM

Uh-oh more Abu Ghraib pictures on the outs....

Anonymous said... @ 2/15/2006 10:56:00 AM

BBC news

Well if cartoons were enough to piss people off this will definitely do the trick.

Jesus what a mess.

Eric said... @ 2/15/2006 06:59:00 PM

Is the header new? Like it.

K. said... @ 2/15/2006 09:14:00 PM

I switched up the fonts a bit and added a dotted line. Thanks for noticing eric ;)

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