SAVAGE JUSTICE

UNDER THE GUISE OF ISLAM, SADDAM ENACTS A BRUTAL LAW

Viewers tuning in to Baghdad TV last September got a ghastly glimpse of the Iraqi government in action. First came a close-up of a severed human hand, then one of a man clutching the bloody stump of his forearm, a black cross branded on his forehead. The newscaster said the man had been punished for stealing a television set.

The graphic depiction of Iraq's use of mutilation to punish everyone from petty thief to political opponent will be included in a U.S. State Department report on human-rights abuses to be released in February. According to U.N. and U.S. State Department...

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