Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Her heart goes out to Father Saddam

Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, on Saddam Hussein’s court appearance today.

Amanpour: Hussein frail but outspoken

"Saddam Hussein kept trying to have his day in court, have his speech, but was eventually asked to sit down, which he did.

"He came into court walking, escorted by two guards who were in bulletproof vests. He was wearing a gray suit and a white shirt. His hair is black, as it's always been, his beard was black with significant gray.

"A good deal older and weaker and more frail than he did the last time I saw him come into court in the summer of 2004 when he came for his initial hearing.

"They looked weak, one of them came in in handcuffs -- he was the only one -- and they were all escorted with two guards to their seats. They all looked fairly weak, fairly surprised to be there…..

"It is shocking, I would say, to see walk into court ... stripped of all the accoutrements of power, of the platform of power, of the uniform of power and stripped of the fear that they used to inspire."

Here’s a shot at a sympathy-free, objective version:
Saddam Hussein kept interrupting the judge but eventually sat down, as he was asked to do.

Hussein, dressed in a gray suit and white shirt, was escorted into court by two guards who wore bulletproof vests over their uniforms.

Hussein looked older and more frail that I remembered him looking a year ago.

The defendants’ appearance and demeanor in court today was in sharp contrast to the all-powerful, belligerent, fearful image they had previously promoted within and without Iraq.

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