July 22, 2012.
Uday and Qusay Hussein. The crimes of the sons of Saddam ranged substantially beyond fashion. In a lot of fiction you get a pair of mismatched villains working against the protagonist. Often it is the big mean slow one one and the terrible smaller ruthless calculating one. There is a whole endless tv tropes page about it. Uday and Qusay were exactly like that except that instead of being fictional they were real and instead of some intrepid hero their enemy: the people of Iraq. In 1988 their Saddam’s bodyguard introduced him to his future second wife. Offended for his mother, Uday walked up to the bodyguard at a party and beat him bloody then took an electric carving knife to him. At a party. Later in charge of the Olympic committee his idea of of team management proved caning the feet of soccer players he felt were under-performing. The stories out there regarding his treatment of kidnapped women are well beyond horrific. Qusay’s crimes were more administrative. Prison overcrowded? Execute the excess. The Marsh Arabs being thorny in their resistance? Drain the marshes. The United States paid thirty million dollars for their location. They were killed in the ensuing firefight.