The Daily Star of Lebanon has a chilling interview with an Iraqi trying to document mass murder under Saddam Hussein. He has documented nearly 150,000 victims of Ba’athist murder, with more being discovered every day. He also has some interesting thoughts about recent events in Iraq:
Ibrahim Idrissi has mixed feelings about the recent uproar caused by the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib under the US occupation. "As a humanitarian organization, we oppose this," he says. "But these are soldiers who have come to Iraq to fight, not to be prison guards. It was to be expected. Of course, if there are innocent people in there … it is possible, I guess, that some of them are innocent."
If Idrissi seems a bit callous about the fate of the Iraqis in US-run jails, he has probably earned the right to differ. He recalls a day in 1982, at the General Security prison in Baghdad:
The story he tells is beyond horrendous — another testiment to the bloody nature of the Hussein regime. He also has this to say about those such as Hans Blix that would argue that the Iraqis were better off under Saddam:
The brothers hope to get compensation for the families, who have often lost all their belongings in addition to their loved ones. One day, they hope, the executioners will be put on trial. But most of all, they want recognition for what they, and thousands of others like them, have been through. And that people would stop saying "things were better under Saddam."
"Only criminals could say such a thing. The victims deserve better than this," Idrissi concludes.
Indeed they do.
(Article via Tim Blair)