How Many People Has Hussein Killed?

(New York Times) - John F. Burns Rust-colored butchers' hooks, 20 or more, each four or five feet long, are aligned in rows along the ceiling of a large hangar-like building in the grimmest fortress in Iraq's gulag - the place of mass hangings that have been a documented part of life under Saddam Hussein. If an attack is launched without convincing proof that Iraq is still harboring forbidden arms, history may judge that the stronger case was the one that needed no inspectors to confirm: that Saddam Hussein, in his 23 years in power, plunged this country into a bloodbath of medieval proportions, and exported some of that terror to his neighbors.

2003-01-27 00:00:00

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