It is tupid to say life has gotten worse in Iraq

John Simpson:

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"Last week one of my BBC colleagues interviewed a man who had been dropped into a vat of acid by Saddam's torturers. They then immediately fished him out because they felt his crime had not warranted such a hideous death. When he eventually recovered from his burns he went to thank them for saving his life; only to discover that they had been executed in their turn.

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"Across the country I found a real sense of relief among ordinary Iraqis that the man has gone. Now they use the past tense when they talk about him (Saddam). There's only one thing they use the future tense for: his execution."

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