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Saddam Hussein Arrested

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the submitted-two-hundred-times dept.

News 3314

MoonChild was the first of hundreds to submit that MSNBC, ABCNews and others are reporting that Saddam Hussein was arrested. This isn't normal Slashdot subject matter, but I figured it was worth mentioning.

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FP IN 100 comment topic (-1, Troll)

Leffe (686621) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715734)

Bye bye karma :)

Re:FP IN 100 comment topic (1)

Julian Tosh (732242) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715767)

I just want to say I'm disappointed that I didnt see it on drugereport first!

My wish (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715850)

I wish there was a way for me, as a Christian, as a human being, to sit down with some of you and have a pleasant, civil discussion without bitterness or sarcasm. I don't force people to believe what I believe. I don't mock others with different beliefs. I hope I can find the words to explain myself, as my life goes on. I hope I can help people to see.

Frist Porst (-1, Offtopic)

atrowe (209484) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715735)

In a story that's sure to get a lot of replies.

bin laden.. (1, Insightful)

alexc (37361) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715736)

they still need to get Osama Bin Laden. he is the S.O.B. that attacked new york city.

Re:bin laden.. (0, Insightful)

_PimpDaddy7_ (415866) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715759)

I agree. GREAT news that we got Saddam, but my blood is burning for Osama...

Re:bin laden.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715812)

my blood is burning for Osama...

Me too!! He is like, sooooooo hot!!!

Re:bin laden.. (5, Insightful)

Richard Allen (213475) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715780)

There is still a lot that needs to be done.
But, that shouldn't take away from the tremendous victory of the Iraqis and the Americans here.
Some people are perpetually negative. This is a great moment for these people. Relish in it. Stop looking for something to whine about ... please!

Congratulations Iraq! Congratulations US coalition!

Re:bin laden.. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715854)

Stop looking for something to whine about ... please!

Well sorry to wake you up from your erotic Bush world dreams, but capturing Saddam IS pretty irrelevant and you're still fighting an illegal war.

Re:bin laden.. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715831)

Did you know that /bin Laden was trained by the CIA? I hate those muslims as much as the next guy, and hope the US nukes Iraq, Iran, Syria and Israel to hell, but you guys trained that asshole.

Brett Glass

Re:bin laden.. (2, Funny)

Rick.C (626083) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715859)

What!?

But I thought Saddam and Osama were like.. you know.. an item.

If they found Saddam, where was Osama? Out at the 7-11 buying condoms?

who cares? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715738)

Was he controlling his guerilla army from his 'spider hole'? I doubt it, these guys operate in their individual cells independant of central control.

The 'capture' of sadam will mean no difference to the state iraq and the rest of the world is in.

Re:who cares? (3, Insightful)

USAPatriot (730422) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715784)

I'm sure the families of the scores of thousands of people that Saddam has murdered, tortured, and raped care about him being captured. The people celebrating in the streets seem to be caring.

One of the last century's worst thugs is now in custody, and the "insightful" comment around here is "who cares"? Get some sense of history.

Re:who cares? (1)

Qeantk (660103) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715819)

They got GW? j/k... j/k

Re:who cares? (0)

shaka999 (335100) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715804)

It may not make a direct impact but it surely will have an impact on moral. If it serves to demoralize the guerilla's then its a big win.

Re:who cares? (2, Informative)

mandalayx (674042) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715841)

Was he controlling his guerilla army from his 'spider hole'? I doubt it, these guys operate in their individual cells independant of central control.

The US military seems to think so (see below). And regardless of your opinion on Bush, I'd have to think that a lot of Americans believe the "we've done something great, go us (and me, implicitly), but be vigilant for more" line that's sure to come.

From MSNBC:
From hiding, U.S. commanders have said Saddam played some role in the anti-U.S. resistance that has killed hundreds of soldiers and civilians in Iraq.

In the latest attack, a suspected suicide bomber detonated explosives in a car outside a police station Sunday morning west of Baghdad, killing at least 17 people and wounding 33 more, the U.S. military said.

Classic misdirection (5, Insightful)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715853)

While I am thankful that Saddam Hussein was captured, my foil hat -- which has been tuned to "non-paranoid" mode -- can't help but think that it serves a dual purpose for the Bush administration.

Were we able to find Osama bin Laden? No. The war on terror, originated in Afghanistan, was in danger of stagnating, with a conclusion that lacked the novelistic roundless of rounding up the enemy leader.

The focus of the war on terror was thusly shifted to Iraq. "There are connections," they said, which meant the war would really be over when Hussein was taken.

Now he has been. He, not bin Laden, will be at the forefront of millions of Americans' minds, seen as a defeated figurehead for terrorist activity -- despite the fact that he was not responsible for 9/11.

And this means re-election.

Not bad. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715740)

Finally got the guy that attacked the world trade cen... oh, wrong guy?

Well... so he had weapons of mass dest... no?

Re:Not bad. (0)

shaka999 (335100) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715827)

No, just the guy who had hundreds of thousands of people tortured and gased.

Re:Not bad. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715838)

Maybe he had no ties to 9/11 or we still can't find his nuclear/biological/chemical weapons, but he still did this [back-to-iraq.com] .

Re:Not bad. (1)

imr (106517) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715846)

i find your comment rather more interresting than funny since you had to shelter under the ac to tell 2 true and important facts.

First photoshops (3, Funny)

objekt (232270) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715741)

http://www.spiceweasel.net/albums/miscellanea/sadd ammk2.jpg

http://www.worth1000.com/web/media/3185/saddam%2 0c laus.jpg

Cellmates (1)

objekt (232270) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715770)

http://www.worth1000.com/web/media/5549/SC.jpg

WMD (0)

Staos (700036) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715743)

Was he carrying Weapons of Mass Destruction at the time? No? Hmm...

Naysayers (1, Insightful)

bruthasj (175228) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715744)

Well, I thought I'd get this comment in before all the anti-war people got on. GOOD JOB GUYS!!!!

Re:Naysayers (5, Insightful)

NMerriam (15122) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715750)

Note: Anti-War is not the same as Pro-Saddam.

GOOD JOB GUYS!!!!

Anti War IS Pro Saddam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715815)

The so-called "anti war movement" in the West is very pro-Saddam. They opposed efforts to get him out of power, or even dent his power. If the "anti-war" people had their way, Saddam would still be filling mass graves.

Re:Naysayers (0, Flamebait)

USAPatriot (730422) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715820)

Note: Anti-War is not the same as Pro-Saddam.

Maybe not, but they did share the same goal: to keep Saddam in power.

Re:Naysayers (1)

geekster (87252) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715779)

I'm one of those anti-war people... but that doesn't mean I'm not happy to see him caught. You don't have to be pro-saddam to be anti-war.

So congratulation

Re:Naysayers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715786)

It must be tough being such an enigma.

Re:Naysayers (1)

geekster (87252) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715828)

Well, sorry for stating the obvious... but apparently it wasn't for the poster I was replying to.

It must be tough being so damn petty

Re:Naysayers (1)

Squideye (37826) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715822)

Indeed, the capture of Saddam will hopefully end the war. If we wanted less fighting, we wanted this to happen as soon as possible.

That they didn't capture him immediately meant the war went on, and on, and on... not that it was easy to find him, of course. Congratulations to the U.S. Army and the Coalition of the Recipients of Contracts.

Re:Naysayers (2, Interesting)

ahillen (45680) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715783)

Well, I thought I'd get this comment in before all the anti-war people got on.
It's very well possible to see the war as a mistake and seeing the arrest of Saddam as a Very Good Thing(TM).

GOOD JOB GUYS!!!!
Indeed.

Re:Naysayers (0, Flamebait)

Richard Allen (213475) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715823)

To the people saying that they are anti-war, pro-Saddam arrest ... What? Did you think he was going to surrender?

ditto to: GOOD JOB GUYS!!!!

Re:Naysayers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715826)

It just might very well be possible, but that doesn't mean it makes sense.

Re:Naysayers (2, Funny)

Leffe (686621) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715798)

Considering that he should have been caught years ago... no.

Whoever is responsible for this failure should have to go. And the one responsible for the arrest should get a GNU/free(including recipe, and freedom to change it) cookie.

Also, MR. OSAMA is still on the run, I suspect he is in Nigeria from where he sends a lot of e-mails asking for help:

Hello YOU, I am DR. MR. OSAMA BIN LADIN KING OF NIGERIA

Please join my army of elite soldiers, we will avenge our sons.

Oh, and by the way, I have a bank account with $1.000.000.000 in Holland that is yours for the taking.

GOOD JOB TO US TROOPS, PRISON TO THE US GOVERNMENT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715858)

Fuck you and your anti-anti-war comment you idiot. Perhaps if you really knew what the invasion was REALLY about you'd have second thoughts regarding the intent of the US government invasion of security-threat-level-WORTHLESS target like Iraq...

Good. (4, Interesting)

swerdloff (16397) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715745)

Good news for Iraqis.

Hopefully, this will stop the attacks on the coalition troops, and the US can pull out and let Iraq start setting up its own country.

He didn't fire a shot or fight back at all, according to the news. That's the best part. According to a report on NPR, that's going to decimate his standing among the populace who used to fear him. Now he's just seen (according to the Al Hayat reporter on NPR) as a coward.

Good.

Re:Good. (4, Interesting)

Kevinv (21462) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715814)

doubtful. not all the opposition is saddam supporters. there are islamic terrorists that want to setup another afghanstan, probably some shiites wanting to setup a iran-type islamic gov't, maybe some sunni's and maybe some kurds.

There may even be an upswing in attacks in retaliation, but i would expect that to fall off fairly quickly.

And it isn't the attacks that are keeping us there, we have to be there through the setup of the country and to fix a lot of things we broke in a couple of wars (and even more things saddam broke through neglect).

$1 million from Bruce? (4, Interesting)

nacturation (646836) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715747)

So does this mean that Bruce Willis is going to cough up his $1 million reward [bbc.co.uk] ? And what about the four seconds alone with him? :)

Linux comes through again! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715748)

Because the coalition troops were using Linux, this agains shows the superiority of this OS. Down with Microsoft! Down with Darl !

where's Katz? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715749)

He needs to drop another article about how the people of Iraq are digging up their C-64's from under their livestock and sending emails of freedom!

Good work! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715751)

Excellent! Now who is this Mr. Hissein?

This should boost Bush's popularity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715752)

Now only if they could find the WMD's...

I'm still voting against Bush though.

(Posting anonymously because first posters get rated way too disproportionately high)

Mail sympathies or get well emails (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715754)

to saddamhussein@aljazeera.com

I'm sure he'll appreciate them

when he can get back to his email

Big Deal. (2, Troll)

Hektor_Troy (262592) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715755)

This is news that matters? To whom? Us? How? My world doesn't change, just because he's captured. Not one bit.

Well, actually it does. It means that just about every channel is going to cancel their programs to tell us time and time and time again, that "this dictator was a threat to world peace, and killed puppies for fun".

'scuse me while I yaw.

first psot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715756)

forst psot

Well, I'll be the first to say an own-ism: (1)

fyrewulff (702920) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715757)

Saddam got saddowned.

Alright, work with me here :(

This Is A Great Day (0)

USAPatriot (730422) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715758)

for Iraq, the Middle East, and the rest of the world. Hopefully, this will mark the end of the previous regime and continue toward a brighter future.

Congratulations to the forces who made this possible.

This is another reason why I am proud to be an American.

Re:This Is A Great Day (0, Troll)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715825)

Totally forgetting the whole "war crime" bit eh? Also while the US does do a lot of good in the world you guys seem to always "innocently" forget to think about the fact that many many other nations contribute lives [which you have a habit of taking, fucking american pilots], money, supplies, time. Canada for instance has been a supporter of *peace keeping* efforts all over the world. So has france, germany and russia [countries the US tends to downplay].

Just because we don't invade foreign nations to get votes doesn't mean we don't contribute [in a positive manner]

Well as long as you fucking yuppies don't think Paul Martin is hiding WMDs under parliment or something we're all good.

Tom

Re:This Is A Great Day (1)

silverbax (452214) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715836)

This hasn't solved anything. There are 1000's of Saddam wannabes ready to take over as soon as the U.S. pulls out, and now they really do have a reason to torrorize us.

What a joke. It pains me that we, as a nation, can be this gullible for this long.

Re:This Is A Great Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715849)

How sad to see another delusional "Proud American" that's completely clueless about what's really happening in Iraq... Just look at the shit that you guys have left in Afghanistan...

Wow! (1)

hermango (619774) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715760)

Now this is what I call a Christmas Present!!! Ole Saddam looks like a homeless critter, which he is! A fine comuppance for a major murdering sleazeball. I bet that George can't keep from smiling!

Obiously excited (1)

biet (632569) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715762)

"Saddam Hissen was arrested"
Do yoi inderstand ?

So much for that theory... (1)

Radix37 (670836) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715763)

You mean they didn't capture him months ago and keep it covered up to be revealed just before election next year? So much for the conspiracy theorists.

Wonderful, Simply Wonderful (1, Troll)

Kajin_X (90443) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715764)

Simply wonderful. A scapegoat for the Bush administration to parade around. Does anybody actually think this will do anything to help the situation over there? My Prediction: We sentence him to "Capital Punishment" and turn a bloody tyrant into a martyr for the cause... (think Charles I of England)

Re:Wonderful, Simply Wonderful (1)

kir (583) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715848)

WOW. That was quick. You're already spouting the NEW party line.

First you complained about the U.S. NOT catching him. Now that they've caught him, you're complaining his capture is just a scapegoat for the Bush administration and that he'll be turned into a martyr. Amazing.

This is good news. How the fuck could anyone twist into a negative. You fucking people amaze me.

Iraqi, U.S., or international trial appropriate? (5, Interesting)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715765)

Considering the crimes Saddam Hussein has committed against people of several countries, would it not be logical for his ultimate trial to be held in the form of an international war crimes tribunal, a la Nuremberg?

Will the newly-established Iraqi government, or perhaps the U.S. itself, take steps to prevent such an event from occurring?

I foresee international tensions rising from their already heightened point over this matter.

Bush (3, Insightful)

danimrich (584138) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715766)

I hope this doesn't mean George will win the elections again!

Why should we care (0, Flamebait)

snkmoorthy (665423) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715769)

This is absurd, I don't know why /. even bothered reporting this story.

not killed ? (1)

clarkie.mg (216696) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715771)

I thought that kind of guy would never be arrested but fight until dead or suicide himself like hitler inn Berlin in 1945.

But maybe it's a dupe, I mean an actor don't know how you call it.

Re:not killed ? (1)

snkmoorthy (665423) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715795)

Who told you Hitler commited suicide? Did the allies recover his body?

show trial time! (1)

alan_d_post (120619) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715775)

Time for a Soviet-Russia-style show trial, in which Hussein admits *he* personally destroyed the Trade Center!

So Obvious (1)

Squideye (37826) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715778)

He was wearing a red-striped sweater and toque, hiding in a crowd of people. Luckily we had a 7-year-old kid with us. ....no, no, no. Well, at least there is no longer the excuse that Hussein is loose. If the attacks continue -- if this effort to suppress and dominate Iraq by US forces still meets with resistance -- there's not a lot of recourse anymore.

For any of those... (5, Funny)

mgcsinc (681597) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715781)

For any of those who think this whole story is offtopic, just rememeber that for many this is basically the only place they get news, and someone had to let them know.

And in true Slashdot tradition... (4, Funny)

herko_cl (533936) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715782)

We celebrate it with...
"...reporting that Saddam Hissein..."
Spelling errors!

Thread: place yer bets (4, Interesting)

whovian (107062) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715787)

US stock markets surge Monday.

The US detains Saddam indefinitely to prevent Iraqis from assassinating him.

Bush gets re-elected.

Re:Thread: place yer bets (1)

nacturation (646836) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715855)

Shares of Rumsfeld's Haliburton surges over 30% as more government-subsidized exclusive contracts come flooding in.

That took a while to get here. (1)

JFMulder (59706) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715790)

It's been at least 3 hours since the news is out. Anyway, that's now what my post is about.

I'm really glad for the iraki people that this man has been captured. Finally, they'll be able to put him to trial for the atrocities he did (like releasing chemical weapons on his OWN populace in the 80s). He also did good things at the beginning, such as opening lots of schools and giving women access to education. I think we'll all agree though that the bad far outweights the good he did.

Now, what I'm worrying about are two things :
1) Bush will appoint american people on Saddam's trial. It's time to step down now Mr. Bush. Leave the iraki judge Saddam for the crimes he commited against them, and if they chose death penalty, or only to send him to prison, respect that choice.
2) As much as I hate Bush, I'm happy for him because at least he proved people wrong that they couldn't do this. What I'm afraid now is that american citizen will see him once again as a great ruler because of this single event and re-elect him next november. This has tremendous political implication for the president. Let's not forget that in his cases the bad far outweights the good, even though his bad decisions don't compare to Saddam's.

It is because of the One Ring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715792)

Once Frodo dropped that ringy-ding into Mt Doom, it was all over for this Dark Lord. Things should calm down as the Easterling terrorists start to go home.

At last he's captured! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715793)

It's about time! Geeze! It took long enough, didn't it? He's responsible so so much suffering bt millions of victims, but now they got him and he's facing a long prison term. Yeah, Stubberfield's career has finally ended.

Oh, And they nailed some guy in Iraq too.

(stolen from a nanae post by William R. James)

The important question (3, Funny)

iamatlas (597477) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715794)

Does he run linux?

Re:The important question (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715857)

pfft... no. Gentoo. He's a real man...

kiddin....kiddin!

Most interesting Technology story (1)

Brahmastra (685988) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715797)

This has got to be the most interesting technology story of the year

Happy Iraqi independence day! (1)

e3wah (728587) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715800)

What an awesome day. You should see the video and listen to the audio of the streets of Iraq. Its pandemonium over there! What's even more amazing is how he went out like the coward he was. After hiding in a whole, he litereally burried himself in a desperate effort to prevent himself from capture. Not such a terrible horror now, eh? Then again, I don't think even the stupidist of dictators would try anything staring down 600 coalition barrels...

Confirmation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715803)

Paul Bremer and Tony Blair confirmed that Saddam was captured, the DNA tests proved his identity. It is not yet known whether he'll be handed over to Iraqis, but either way the trial will be public and Saddam will have the right to appoint his lawyers.

It remains to be seen whether his capture will escalate the attacks on Coalition forces (given the insurgency is not co-ordinated centrally, but by separate operational cells).

Congratulations (1)

draevil (598113) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715805)

Stunning work - congratulations to the US military. Let's hope this helps to end the killing of innocents in Iraq by the terrorists/Ba'athists. Has there been an equivalent to this?

It's almost as if the Western allies had captured Hitler alive...

It was the RIAA (3, Funny)

harriet nyborg (656409) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715852)

According to an RIAA spokesperson, "we caught him downloading copyrighted material from his a cellar in Tikrit."

"And we hope with his capture this will bring an end to all illegal downloading."

Fair trial? (5, Interesting)

Blue Master (675893) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715807)

The question now is: Will he get a fair trial? As far as I could make out from the news broadcast here (Norway), he will face a court specifically assigned to try the cases of members of the former regime. Now, this court was assigned by who, excactly? Let me guess, Americans? Wouldn't it be more fair to try him in the international court in Haag?

Like he deserves one... (1)

Moth7 (699815) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715830)

Did he give the people who he committed atrocities against a fair trial? Go figure.

Let the Bush Bashing begin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715808)

I know this will get marked as flamebait, but it'll be interesting how many people will take this oppertunity, to rag on Bush. Which is sad, when they should be saying congartualions to the collation....

BUSH IS A CRIMINAL, YOU FUCKING IDIOT (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715832)

Saddam was NEVER a threat to the USA, but DUBYA decided to use 9/11 to falsely justify the Iraq war to overthrow the kind of dictator that the USA will SUPPORT under other circumstances. You fucking dittohead Coulter-wanking moron, this isn't about terrorism or liberation. Buy a clue.

Information Minister (2, Funny)

Moth7 (699815) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715809)

Saddam has not been captured. He did not bury himself in a cellar. The infidels are committing suicide at the gates of the great fortress in which he resides >.

YES, AND WE ARE ALL RELIEVED (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715810)

that some random sand-nigger dictator is captured, a person that was no threat to the USA is now detained, that his capture is purely symbolic and the typical American NASCAR-obsessed idiot will see as "victory".

What's your problem? (1)

illuminata (668963) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715811)

This isn't normal Slashdot subject matter, but I figured it was worth mentioning.

1. Of course it's worth mentioning. I'd be surprised to hear somebody say that it wasn't.

2. Of course it's not normal SLashdot subject matter, tech news is (along with certain unrelated YRO stuff).

3. You have [slashdot.org] reported [slashdot.org] on this as well as other [slashdot.org] major world events.

So, CmdrTaco, why did you give little more than a couple of links and a snide comment about such a major event?

Re:What's your problem? (1)

illuminata (668963) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715835)

On point #3, "on this" is in regards to the Iraqi situation as a whole to clarify.

Grammar whores, I apologize for the accidental capitalized L in point #2.

That should do it.

Yay (1)

dubbayu_d_40 (622643) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715816)

I hope he isn't a turkey.

That didn't take too long (1)

raider_red (156642) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715817)

When you put this in perspective, this really didn't take that long. It took us almost two decades to catch the Unibomber, and three or four years to catch Eric Rudolph. This is a lot like the Rudolph case, where he turned up exactly where they'd been looking for him.

Now we just need to catch that other jerk, Bin Laden.

Er... (1)

bbtom (581232) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715818)

It's Iraq/Saddam goddamnit!

No connection (4, Insightful)

bgfay (5362) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715821)

Keep in mind folks that this has absolutely nothing to do with September 11. Sure, a dictator is out of power. That's fine. Remember though that to topple him, our government invaded a sovereign nation without international support or a plan for after the initial attacks. The administration is going to spin this as a wonderful thing for Americans and a sure sign that the administration is tough on terrorists. This isn't the war on terrorism (as ill-thought as that war is). It's the war on Iraq that was started many years ago by the father and now reengaged by the son. Nothing more. Iraqi citizens may rejoice, but there is no reason for us to do the same.

Server Too Busy (1)

Jason Munster (171860) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715824)

When I clicked the video link, a "Server too busy" error returned. Does that mean that we /.'d Microsoft's servers til they couldn't handle the load?
It'd be great if we did.

Good news for people suffering from bastard (1)

masouds (451077) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715834)

It is really good news. Funny, I was listening to an Iranian soldier, seriously injured by chemical weapons during the 8 year war between Iraq and Iran. He (and others like him) can sleep well tonight (OK, not well, just a little bit better)

Psychology (1)

Saint Stephen (19450) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715839)

(I'm American.)

It amazes me to see so many Westerners fundamentally misunderstand the psychology of the Middle eastern male population.

I never see any proper treatment of a man as a full man: cruel, craven, proud, smart, base, spiteful, avaricous, simple. Just a man.

We're so used to hollywood, they're just men. I'm a man. I know how they think.

The one thing you have to remember: power is everything.

Good. So? (5, Insightful)

Ringel (31107) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715842)

Capturing Saddam is a good thing. He's a Very Bad Man(tm).

The fact that it has absolutely nothing to do with...
Al-Qaeda,
making America safer,
the War On Terrorism,
WMDs,
or any of that other stuff aside, yes, he's a Very Bad Man(tm).

Bush &c. will get an approval bump out of this, right up until the next terrorist attack, when it is plainly shown that the whole Iraq boondoggle was an expensive distraction so that W could feel like a man, and so that people wouldn't ask questions about the actual problem.

Get back when you have real evidence (1)

Hannes Eriksson (39021) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715843)

I would not jump with joy before serious evidence is put forward that this really is THE Saddam Hussein.
The Real Saddam is known to have many impostors for security.

RIAA is getting the $25 million reward (2, Funny)

b3x (586838) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715847)

word is that Saddam was tracked down by the RIAA after he downloaded the latest eminem album ...

Tikrit Taxi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7715851)

I sent for a taxi 8 hours ago. Where is he??

-- Stranded in Tikrit

He's not in my deck (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715856)

My king of diamonds is Darl, who's still at large along with Al Ralsky and others. If only Darl would STFU and go into hiding...

Good News (0, Flamebait)

Phoenix666 (184391) | more than 10 years ago | (#7715860)

for the Iraqis, maybe not so much for Bush. Unless all the attacks stop, flowers bloom in the desert, and sheep lie down with wolves. His buddies at Halliburton are still gouging the American taxpayer on the no-bid contracts they got. Unemployment is still really high in the US, fewer and fewer people have health insurance, and on and on. Bush will probably get a small bounce in his popularity, but not for long. The people that want him out of power won't change their minds because of this.
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