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Confessions of a Terrorist -- In These Times

Confessions of a Terrorist -- In These Times
I write from my sleeper cell outside Hardwick, Vt., through a constituent I persuaded to give you this letter.

I cannot speak my happiness on reading that you propose immunity for torturers and war criminals who confess, saying they “won’t be prosecuted unless they commit perjury.”

Your plan will bring great shouts of joy from the Absolved: the high officials who authorized torture, the lowly who carried it out, and the medical personnel who facilitated it.

I, too, have confessions pertaining to acts some partisans might label “crimes against humanity.” I assure you that my misdeeds also had high motives in service to God, nation, and the protection of my people’s way of life. Our sons are being killed, our blood is being shed, our holy places are being attacked.

Six years after Saddam, new Iraqi strongman tightens his grip | World news | The Guardian

Six years after Saddam, new Iraqi strongman tightens his grip | World news | The Guardian

Six years after Saddam Hussein, Nouri al-Maliki tightens his grip on Iraq

The Iraqi prime minister arrives in Britain today seeking UK investment. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad reports on how a leader once seen as weak is now being compared to his infamous predecessor