The Big Black Book of Horrors

(The Australian) Rebecca Weisser - A scholarly and sober 700-page volume recently published in France, Le Livre Noir de Saddam Hussein (The Black Book of Saddam Hussein), is the most comprehensive work to date on the former Iraqi president's war crimes. "The first weapon of mass destruction was Saddam Hussein," writes Bernard Kouchner, who led the first Medecins Sans Frontieres mission in Iraq in 1974. "Preserving the memory of the arbitrary arrests that Saddam's police conducted every morning, the horrible and humiliating torture, the organized rapes, the arbitrary executions, and the prisons full of innocent people is not just a duty. Without that one cannot understand either what Saddam's dictatorship was or the urgent necessity to remove him."

2005-12-06 00:00:00

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