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Publish And Be Saddamed

by | 20th, May 2005

‘READERS with long memories might recall that in the early days of the War on Terror, when pictures of US prisoners of war were released to the public, there was an outcry in America about them being “paraded” for the media. This was duly presented as a form of abuse.

Mirror publishes shot of Saddam’s pants

Even at the time, the possible consequences of applying this standard were obvious. Any subsequent failure by American troops to maintain impeccable levels of behaviour would leave them wide open to accusations of double standards. Two words sum up what happened next: Abu Ghraib.

So you might think it rather rash of the Sun to devote its entire front cover to a colour photo of Saddam Hussein in his prison cell, clad only in a pair of Y-fronts.

“Scrubbing his grubby clothes by hand… the beast who had golden bath taps,” screeches the headline on page two, opposite a picture of Saddam doing just that. The following pages, with more pictures, are headed: “WAITING FOR THE NOOSE.”

Even by the Sun’s standards, capital punishment for having golden bath taps is a bit harsh. Time was when many of the paper’s own readers would have aspired to a villa in Chigwell with those very same accoutrements.

Perhaps with this in mind, the paper’s “Sun Says” editorial column takes a different line, suggesting that “keeping Saddam in a rough jail until the day he dies might be a harsher sentence”.

Only time will tell what happens to Saddam, but what of the pictures? The Sun is rather coy on this matter, saying only that, “after a request from the

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