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Frayed and gnarled' 

We woke up Sunday to the news that Saddam Hussein, the Butcher of Baghdad, had been found hiding in a 6-foot-deep "spider hole." Described as "frayed and gnarled" and "very disoriented," Hussein was hiding just across the river from opulent palaces that he'd built on the backs of his countrymen -- an irony not lost on U.S. officials.

click to enlarge Ross Orr  -  - Cheyenne Mountain Country Club  -  - Retired real-estate investor   -  -  -  - Will Saddam's capture influence the presidential race? It'll probably help Bush. He was in a bit of trouble with the situation in Iraq deteriorating daily. This will make people think the war is going better. -  - Who should try Saddam, the Iraqi courts, the United Nations, the United States? I'd have to say the U.N. It has less of an a priori agenda. They'd likely to be the most objective and impartial. -  - What punishment should Saddam receive? Imprisonment for life. -  - Will his capture make any difference in the war's outcome? It might take some of the hostility out of some of the Iraqi people towards the U.S. because it will provide some sort of closure instead of interminable open-endedness. -  - Will we find those weapons of mass destruction now? No, because I don't think there are any, and Bush knew that. -  -  -
  • Ross Orr

    Cheyenne Mountain Country Club

    Retired real-estate investor

    Will Saddam's capture influence the presidential race? It'll probably help Bush. He was in a bit of trouble with the situation in Iraq deteriorating daily. This will make people think the war is going better.

    Who should try Saddam, the Iraqi courts, the United Nations, the United States? I'd have to say the U.N. It has less of an a priori agenda. They'd likely to be the most objective and impartial.

    What punishment should Saddam receive? Imprisonment for life.

    Will his capture make any difference in the war's outcome? It might take some of the hostility out of some of the Iraqi people towards the U.S. because it will provide some sort of closure instead of interminable open-endedness.

    Will we find those weapons of mass destruction now? No, because I don't think there are any, and Bush knew that.

click to enlarge Kathy Greene  -  - Beloit, Wis.   -  - Professor, Beloit College  -  -  - Will Saddam's capture impact the presidential race? Not much, if any. Those who support Bush will be pleased, of course, but no one else will be swayed in favor of him. -  - Who should put Saddam on trial? I'd be most comfortable with the U.N. because it has multiple nations' interests at heart.  -  - What should be his punishment? I'm less concerned about punishment than I am about prevention of further damage. -  - Will this impact the war's outcome? I think it will. It might provoke more violence against our troops. There was an escalation in violence when his sons were killed. There's still a lot of loyalty to Saddam in pockets of the Iraqi population. -  - Will those weapons of mass destruction turn up now? As before, they exist solely in the imagination of George Bush.
  • Kathy Greene

    Beloit, Wis.

    Professor, Beloit College

    Will Saddam's capture impact the presidential race? Not much, if any. Those who support Bush will be pleased, of course, but no one else will be swayed in favor of him.

    Who should put Saddam on trial? I'd be most comfortable with the U.N. because it has multiple nations' interests at heart.

    What should be his punishment? I'm less concerned about punishment than I am about prevention of further damage.

    Will this impact the war's outcome? I think it will. It might provoke more violence against our troops. There was an escalation in violence when his sons were killed. There's still a lot of loyalty to Saddam in pockets of the Iraqi population.

    Will those weapons of mass destruction turn up now? As before, they exist solely in the imagination of George Bush.

click to enlarge Lindsay Moskowitz  -  - Downtown  -  - Elementary school teacher  -  -  - Will Saddam's capture affect the presidential race? Bush's credibility and the public's faith in his judgment were starting to slide, and more people were seeing through his claim that attacking Iraq was part of the war on terror. Capturing Saddam might make Bush seem more heroic to some people and boost his re-election chances. -  - Will it impact the outcome in the Iraqi war? It doesn't appear that Saddam was directing the resistance. The uprisings appear to be mostly independent. We'll have to see. -  - Who should try Saddam? The U.N., but it should solicit as much input as possible from the Iraqi people. They're the ones he truly harmed. -  - What punishment should he get? I don't believe in the death penalty, but his punishment should be severe. He should never be free again. -  - Will those WMDs turn up now? We've already torn that country apart looking for them. They don't exist.
  • Lindsay Moskowitz

    Downtown

    Elementary school teacher

    Will Saddam's capture affect the presidential race? Bush's credibility and the public's faith in his judgment were starting to slide, and more people were seeing through his claim that attacking Iraq was part of the war on terror. Capturing Saddam might make Bush seem more heroic to some people and boost his re-election chances.

    Will it impact the outcome in the Iraqi war? It doesn't appear that Saddam was directing the resistance. The uprisings appear to be mostly independent. We'll have to see.

    Who should try Saddam? The U.N., but it should solicit as much input as possible from the Iraqi people. They're the ones he truly harmed.

    What punishment should he get? I don't believe in the death penalty, but his punishment should be severe. He should never be free again.

    Will those WMDs turn up now? We've already torn that country apart looking for them. They don't exist.

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