July 25th, 2003


Uday and Qusay: So Much Justice.

The brothers were tracked down after a tip-off from an Iraqi informant expected to get the two $15 million rewards offered for information leading to their death or capture.

They were holed up with a bodyguard and Qusay's teenage son, U.S. officials say. Armed only with AK-47 assault rifles, they wounded four American soldiers and held out for hours against a devastating array of U.S. firepower, including attack helicopters, heavy machine guns and grenades.

U.S. commanders said Uday, Qusay and the bodyguard were killed after the house was blasted with 10 anti-tank missiles. The teenager made a last stand but was shot as troops raced up the stairs after finally getting into the villa.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he was glad he had decided to release the photographs. They would help convince frightened Iraqis that Saddam's rule was over, a consideration that far outweighed any sensitivities over showing the corpses, he said.

"I feel it was the right decision and I'm glad I made it," Rumsfeld told a Pentagon news conference. "And no, these pictures do not violate the Geneva Conventions."

President Bush said, "The brothers have been brought to justice.

"And now," he continued, "the Iraqi people have seen clearly the intent of the United States to make sure that they are free..."

(and yes, emphasis is mine. so are the photo positions. and while i weep not for uday and qusay, i rather doubt that this is any form of justice. it is also convenient, i note that two fellows who could have pointed to saddam's whereabouts, and pointed to weapons of mass destruction, had the fuck blown out of them with ten anti-tank missiles.