15.12.03

Ladies and Gentlemen, we got him………..

Had already planned to blog about the sorry state of affairs at Anfield this morning, but all that changed yesterday with the announcement from Paul Bremmer, the American appointed sole-administrator of Iraq. Excerpts here.

A very haggard and despondent looking Saddam Hussein was shown to the world yesterday, as the Americans revelled in what may be the most important action of the ongoing war in Iraq. Saddam was found in a 'spider-hole' in a small village close to his hometown of Tikrit, in Northern Iraq. He is currently being held in a secret location. The hole he was found in was 6 ft by 8 ft, with barely enough space for a man to lie down, and the Amricans believe he could have been using several such hiding places all over the country.

Saddam looked dirty, despondent and most importantly, powerless. Even after he'd been cleaned and shaved, it was obvious that he'd lost the will to fight: His eyes were blank, his face a mask of submission. The arrest is, first and foremost, a tribute to the resourcefulness and dedication of U.S. military forces - the actual capture was effected, without incident or casualties, by the 4th Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team and other Special Operations troops. And special congratulations are due to America's intelligence services, which painstakingly hunted him down. 600 men took part in the capture, but not a single gunshot was fired, and Saddam and two other men were arrested without any resistance. Saddam had $750,000 (US) cash and a pistol on his person, which he gave up readily. Unlike his sons who fought to the last minute, Saddam was quick to surrender and his characteristic swagger is now a memory. "Caught like a rat" was how a senior US government representative put it.

So now, what next? The very nature of the capture of Saddam can only mean one thing, he could not have had much to do with the ongoing Guerilla warfare in Iraq, otherwise, he would have been better protected. Why else would the Americans send 600 men to catch one man? They expected him to be surrounded by his troops, but instead, he was alone and hiding. And if Saddam is not orchestrating the warfare, then that can only mean one thing, it's not going to stop now. In fact, the Guerillas may use the capture of Saddam to increase the frequency of attacks on Coalition soilders.

Now, the Americans have to decide what to do with Saddam, as they brace themselves for what might be an escaltion of violence from the Guerilla fighters. Interrogations have begun, although Saddam is said to be uncooperative, and even silent.

And trouble seems to have started already, with a car bomb this morning in Baghdad.

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