We now hear that in his new Dallas digs he has one framed souvenir that he treasures above all others. It is the glass-encased gun owned by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Bush continues to take pride that he "got a bad man" to use the phrase that Fox News trumpeted to its slavish media zombies.
In one of the recently rare instances of the U.S. media furnishing information into international thought, and issues that were broadly discussed in Europe and throughout the Middle East as readily as such information was ignored on the American scene, "Sixty Minutes" in 2004 presented an informative interview with a prominent and highly controversial French attorney.
Jacques Verge is to the world outside America what Chicago attorney Clarence Darrow represented in his day. Darrow was constantly referred to in newspapers as "the attorney for the damned" just as Verge is today. Like Darrow, he would take cases involving the most controversial of clients. Verge, for instance, represented Nazi Klaus Barbie.
Verge's defense disclosed the level of collaboration by France's collaborationist Vichy regime in World War Two, allowing executioners like Barbie to function under Adolf Hitler's multi-tiered Third Reich.
When Verge was interviewed on "Sixty Minutes" he declared he was very interested in representing Saddam Hussein in the criminal trial being prepared for him in Baghdad. His only stipulation prior to undertaking Saddam's defense would be an open process wherein he could call important witnesses linked to the dictator's rule.
The one witness Verge specified in order of supreme importance was Bush's Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. It was Rumsfeld who launched the "shock and awe" attacks that devastated Baghdad in the midst of false assurances that this new weaponry was sophisticated enough to hit Saddam's military forces while staying clear of civilians.
When Al-Jazeera showed on the scene footage of the death and devastation among Baghdad's civilian population, U.S. authorities shut it down for launching a wave of unjustified "propaganda." In reality, Al-Jazeera's Baghdad office was shut down for showing the ravages of an ongoing conflict, which refuted Rumsfeld's bogus claim.
Verge let it be known that he would like to have the opportunity to interrogate Rumsfeld in open court about his close ties to the Saddam Hussein regime. Remember the photo of the smiling Rumsfeld who, during the Reagan administration, had just concluded a lucrative arms deal with Saddam Hussein? The two were seen shaking hands warmly.
What did that deal involve? Saddam received a generous supply of arms that he turned against the Kurdish population in the Northern Provinces. He also utilized precious information from scientists to manufacture poisonous gas that facilitated Saddam's genocide against the Kurds.
In exchange the U.S. received Iraq's precious oil, a nifty deal engineered during the regime of America's symbolic Doctor Feelgood, the ever smiling, perpetually genial President Ronald Reagan.
We will be analyzing more facts about Saddam Hussein's trial in future articles.