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8 January 2004

"For a man who killed tens of thousands of people and tortured his enemies, Saddam Hussein was taken into custody in a surprisingly peaceful manner, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Sunday night on CBS' "60 Minutes." "In the last analysis, he seemed not terribly brave," he said. - CNN.com
"A lot of soldiers carry happy snappy cameras with them" - US Military spokesman

Here's an interesting thing...

saddam caught

The above photograph, apparently showing Saddam Hussein being dragged from his spider hole was posted on unofficial army website, Military.com this morning.

The picture, if it is genuine, raises a few questions. Questions like...

1) Saddam is apparently unconscious with his arms bound behind his back. Is that what Rumsfeld meant by a 'surprisingly peaceful manner'?

2) Military.com claims that Saddam spat on the soldier holding his head moments before the picture was taken. Did the spitting occur before or after Saddam became unconscious?

3) What is that strange mucussy glob above Saddam's right eye? Was the former dictator captured during a ferocious spit battle with American forces? If so, why when such battles occurred at school, did they never end with the loser lying unconscious, bound like a goose and surrounded by gun-toting marines? That would have been cool.

4) Why have they pulled off his hat? Again, it's exactly the sort of thing that would happen during a playground fight. "Quick, I'll hold him down. You get his hat. And the happy snappy camera." When the G.I. turns around will he find his back covered in fountain pen ink? Or a 'kick me' sign, written in Arabic?

5) Why has the soldier got a blurry face? Could the conspiricy theorists have been right all along? Have the US military bred a super-race of faceless, spitting marines? Or is it just shoddy camera work? If so, why is there no little advice sticker?

6) Who is the man in the gardening gloves approaching Saddam? And why is he carrying what appears to be a piece of copper piping?

Actually, don't worry about that last one.

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