The man who stepped into the court had the demeanor of a condemned man, his eyes swiveling left, then right, his gait unsteady, his curious, lisping voice raised to a tenor that resonated fear....I too have that "profound moral corruption" of expecting to see "the civilities of democracy and due process." I hope that corruption spreads.
At that instant, I felt sorry for him, as a man in distress and perhaps, too, as a once almighty figure reduced to ignominy. ...
That I could feel pity for him struck the Iraqis with whom I talked as evidence of a profound moral corruption. I came to understand how a Westerner used to the civilities of democracy and due process — even a reporter who thought he grasped the depths of Saddam’s depravity — fell short of the Iraqis’ sense, forged by years of brutality, of the power of his unmitigated evil.
December 30, 2006
"That I could feel pity for him struck the Iraqis with whom I talked as evidence of a profound moral corruption."
John Burns on Saddam Hussein: