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November 22, 1990
Condolences to the world. Hitler's spirit is alive and well in Iraq. SOPHIE BINGHAM, Laguna Hills
April 20, 2014 | By Andrew J. Bacevich
The government of Iraq last week announced that it had padlocked the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib. The gates are closed. The inmates moved. Whether the closure is permanent or temporary -- Iraqi officials suggest the latter -- this ought to qualify as a notable milestone. What does it signify? Sometimes a prison is just a building, its closure of no more significance than the demolition of a market or the shuttering of a strip mall. Yet from time to time, the closing of a facility constructed for the purpose of confining humans invites reflection.
March 14, 2003 | Dana Parsons
If only the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace had a grander vision of itself. Forget the seminars, funerals and bar mitzvahs that it schedules. "Ladies and gentlemen, world leaders, pundits and fight fans everywhere ... from the grounds of the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace in beautiful Yorba Linda, Calif. ... the Nixon family and Budweiser, the king of beers, are proud to present 12 rounds or less of boxing to determine the fate of the world.
March 19, 2013 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
BAGHDAD - A bronze statue of a slain Shiite Muslim cleric greets motorists as they drive down the airport highway that invading convoys of American troops once used to charge into Iraq's capital. The new artwork replaced a mural commissioned by Saddam Hussein and demolished after the U.S.-led invasion that began a decade ago Wednesday. Across Baghdad, billboards of Shiite Islamist leaders have taken the place of once-ubiquitous portraits of Hussein in prayer, Hussein holding flowers and Hussein carrying a rifle.
December 15, 2003
"He was in the bottom of a hole, so there was no way he could fight back. He was just caught like a rat." -- Maj. Gen. Ray Odierno, U.S. 4th Infantry Division
February 19, 1992
The fraud and hypocrisy of the Bush regime, already considerable, has now reached new and astonishing heights. Last year, in the course of forcibly returning Kuwait to its rightful dictators, President Bush was in the media constantly, delivering passionate harangues on the sanctity of international borders, the inviolability of international law and the despotic and unworthy natures of those tyrannical rulers who would impose their will on...
February 21, 1991
Regarding the Soviet peace proposal: No reparations, Saddam wins. No war crimes trials, Saddam wins. Partial withdrawal of troops, Saddam wins. Iraq's military intact, Saddam wins. Linkage to Palestinian issue, Israel loses. JEFFREY LEVINE Los Angeles
April 3, 1991
Saddam still lives! But why? FABIAN C. GRAVO Fullerton
January 13, 1991
I think we should support the right to use force against Iraq to get Saddam out of Kuwait by Jan. 15. If we don't use force, people may die, and Saddam may continue to torture Kuwaitis. Also, our oil and just about everything else will rise in price. If we wait too long, then Saddam will have time to build nuclear warheads. Also, three countries will not be free if Saddam overpowers them. The basic truth is that Saddam is greedy. DAVID JAMES, Fifth-grader, La Costa Heights Elementary, Carlsbad
May 13, 1991
The Iraqis found somebody they could beat: other Iraqis. It's a case of "Hail, Saddam, the conquering loser!" SEAMAN JACOBS, Beverly Hills
August 27, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
The rapid rebel takeover has left Libya's capital teetering, with young men firing antiaircraft weapons into the air and gunmen at checkpoints hustling anyone they regard as mildly suspicious into overcrowded detention centers. Some people are beginning to worry about an unflattering comparison: Baghdad. Food and gasoline are in short supply. Tripoli residents complain of outages of electricity, telephone service and water. Commercial life has ground to a dramatic halt, with nearly all shops and businesses shuttered.
January 21, 2011 | By John Diamond
Twenty years ago this week, despite fears of "another Vietnam," the House and Senate voted to authorize the use of force against Iraqi troops occupying Kuwait. After days of impassioned debate, the House supported President George H.W. Bush's policy by a comfortable margin. The Senate's 52-47 vote was the closest margin for war by a chamber of Congress in U.S. history. The anniversary of the Persian Gulf War, a watershed event in modern American history, has gone almost entirely unnoticed.
January 19, 2011 | By Ned Parker and Hameed Rasheed, Los Angeles Times
At least 60 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up beside a line of people applying for police jobs in Tikrit, the hometown of the late dictator Saddam Hussein, officials said. An additional 160 people were wounded when the attacker set off his explosives in a crowd of applicants and their families, according to police and medical officials. Mosques called for blood donations and some of the wounded were sent to hospitals as far away as Mosul, about 120 miles to the north.
November 17, 2010 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki sat in a gilded chair Tuesday at the start of the three-day Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice. He rose to greet his guests in a newly furbished palace, built under the late dictator Saddam Hussein. Politicians came in their elegant dark suits; sheiks approached in their brown robes; generals marched in crisp uniforms, emblazoned with swords and epaulets. All kissed him twice on both cheeks. And Maliki smiled and whispered into their ears, or chuckled.
November 6, 2010 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Braving Iraq," which comes from the PBS series "Nature" and airs Sunday on KCET, is a story mostly of people, water, reeds and birds (but also of frogs, water buffalo and bugs) in which the people, as they are wont to, play both villain and hero. The chief villain is Saddam Hussein, the late Iraqi dictator, who turned to desert 90% of one of the world's great wetlands, the 6,000-square-mile Mesopotamian Marshes . The representative hero is Azzam Alwash, an Iraqi native who left for the United States in 1978 and returned after the 2003 invasion to help get the water flowing again.
October 27, 2010 | By Liz Sly and Raheem Salman, Los Angeles Times
Tarik Aziz, known worldwide as the international spokesman for Saddam Hussein's regime, was sentenced to death Tuesday for his part in the past persecution of Shiite Muslim dissidents, some of whom now occupy prominent roles in the Iraqi government. Aziz, 74, listened impassively as the sentence was read at Baghdad's Supreme Criminal Court. Dressed in a casual black shirt and wearing his trademark owlish spectacles, he appeared frail and sickly, gripping the handrail of the prisoner's dock as the judge spoke.
July 15, 2010 | By Ned Parker and Nadeem Hamid, Los Angeles Times
The United States has handed over 29 members of Saddam Hussein's government to Iraqi custody in recent weeks, including Tariq Aziz, the urbane, cigar-chomping official who served as the regime's global spokesman, Iraqi officials and Aziz's relatives said Wednesday. The U.S. military confirmed that it transferred 26 former regime officials Monday and three others last month. It added that it continued to hold eight high-ranking members of Hussein's government and his ruling Baath Party.
May 27, 2010 | By Liz Sly, Los Angeles Times
Iraq announced Wednesday that it was dissolving its national airline in a bid to evade claims for compensation dating to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait 20 years ago. The seemingly drastic move was the latest in a series of bitter recriminations between the two neighbors over the legacy of the 1990-91 war that have not been tempered by the passage of time or the demise and death of the dictator responsible for starting it. The decision...
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