The other day, I sat in one of the offices of the Iraqi 6th Infantry Division Headquarters last night with several of the General Staff Officers as they all had gathered around the TV watching the trial of Saddam Hussein Trial. They were huddled around watching the TV so closely, you would think it was a championship soccer match.
"Are a lot of people watching the trial today, Sir? I asked.
"Everyone in the country is watching this." He replied.
"The judge should not let him go on like that. He is the worst criminal of all! He is not in charge of the courtroom." He continued.
Our conversation went on as COL A. described to me how hated Saddam was, and how Iraqis were anxiously awaiting his conviction and execution. Months earlier, LTC R., one of the other officers, who, like the others, served in the Iraqi Army under Saddam, had told me how Saddam had murdered his brother. He always reminds me every time Saddam's name is mentioned. Almost everyone here has a Saddam horror story. All of the officers, a mix of Sunni and Shia, who when asked, refer to themselves only as "muslim," claim that 95% of Iraqis share their sentiment. They are frustrated with the trial delays, and laugh when Saddam tries to cry injustice about his treatment. They are happy, however, that this monster has finally reached his reckoning.