Saddam video sends wrong message

by on December 19th, 2003

After watching the videotape of her father’s physical by U.S. troops, Saddam Hussein’s daughter said the tape was intended to “break the spirit of Arabs.” Last Wednesday, a senior official to the pope said he felt pity for the deposed dictator after viewing the same video played the world over. These two have something in common: they agree that the tape showed by the U.S. Defense Department was not the best of ideas. I agree.

Showing the tyrant in a humble and menial light may have been what he deserved, but as far as convincing anyone of anything it does very little except show that we had him, a task easily accomplished through other means. Although most did not sympathize with Hussein during his moment of capture, it showed him in a very human way. You could see the fear in his eyes, and the tape associates human characteristics with a most unhuman beast. Better would have been to show video of Saddam’s torture victims, not images that give the anti-Bushies out there reason to criticize.

Personally, I have no problems with the video. But for those that do, it’s too easy a criticism of the administration, and something that could have been easily avoided.

Etalkinghead Staff