Perhaps I’m a tad obtuse. But I don’t get why seeing Saddam Hussein in his briefs is a big deal, one way or the other.
The New York Times and other self-important media types are frantically searching whatever it is they have in place of souls: was it appropriate to present this as fruit of their reportorial loom?
This guy killed hundreds of thousands. Now he is a little man living the small life that he should have always led.
Remember what Thomas Gray wrote in Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard:
Some village-Hampden, that with dauntless breast
The little tyrants of his fields withstood;
Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest,
Some Cromwell guiltless of his country’s blood.
Th’ applause of list’ning senates to command,
The threats of pain and ruin to despise,
To scatter plenty o’er a smiling land,
And read their hist’ry in a nation’s eyes.
Their lot forbade: nor circumscrib’d alone
Their growing virtues, but their crimes confin’d
Forbade to wade through slaughter to a throne,
And shut the gates of mercy on mankind.