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July 22, 2003
I HOPE IT'S TRUE, but I'll wait for the confirmation: According to Reuters, Uday and Qusay Hussein may have been found.
Off to a session on new legislation. Have a nice day.
UPDATE: Seems to be true:
Widespread and sporadic gunfire crackled across Baghdad after dark Tuesday as word spread that Saddam's feared and hated sons might have been killed.
"It's celebration. People have heard about what happened," a U.S. military spokesman told Reuters.
The house in Mosul was burned to the ground after a loud, four-hour gunbattle between the people inside and soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division.
Good news. Andrew Sullivan has more. [LATER: Sylvain Galineau is skeptical of the letter that Andrew reprints. I can't vouch for its authenticity, of course, but it's consistent with other things I've gotten. I consider it as reliable as a BBC report, anyway. . . .]
ANOTHER UPDATE: Here's a list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis and their fates. 34 are dead or captured. And Steven Den Beste offers some perspective:
The fact that someone was willing to finger Qusay and Uday for us is significant. It would obviously make them a prime target for an extremely slow and brutal death if the Baathists regain power. Or if there's an organized underground, they might get a brutal death anyway. So it indicates that they think the chance of that is very low, and that they're willing to take the risk.
This doesn't necessarily indicate support for our occupation, as such, but it shows an increasing belief among Iraqis that the US is completely serious and doesn't intend to give up. That, by itself, is a very good thing, because it means that they are increasingly convinced that the forces resisting us are not going to win. Irrespective of whether they believe that our occupation is good or bad, they are coming to believe that it's permanent, and that is a victory for us. It means that we're redeeming the failure of 1991, and gaining the trust of the Iraqi people. (Note that you can trust someone you hate; trust and support are not the same thing.)
And the deaths of Qusay and Uday are symbolic events which show how serious we actually are, and will show our commitment to continuing to hunt down and destroy the remnants of the Baathist power structure which went into hiding. I don't know that there's any particularly good reason to publish photographs of the corpses for the world, but I sincerely hope that pictures of them are widely distributed in Iraq itself, in order to increase the propaganda effect. (And if that happens, they'll be available to the world too. So watch for them.)
Read the whole thing.