They should have played these tapes durring Saddam's trial so that he would squirm in his chair a bit.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein and his cousin "Chemical Ali" discussed killing thousands with chemical weapons before unleashing them on Kurds in 1988, according to tapes played on Monday in a trial of former Iraqi officials.
Nine days after Saddam's hanging, his front-row seat in the dock was conspicuously empty, but Ali Hassan al-Majeed and five other Baath party officials remain on trialfor their roles in the 1988 Anfal, or Spoils of War, campaign in northern Iraq.
Hassan al-Majeed, cousin of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, listens to prosecution evidence during the "Anfal" genocide trial in Baghdad January 8, 2007. (REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic/Pool)"I will strike them with chemical weapons and kill them all," a voice identified by prosecutors as that of Majeed, Saddam's cousin and a senior aide, is heard saying.
"Who is going to say anything? The international community? A curse on the international community!" the voice continued.
"Yes, it's effective, especially on those who don't wear a mask immediately, as we understand," another voice, identified as that of Saddam, is heard saying on another tape.
"Sir, does it exterminate thousands?" a voice asks back.
"Yes, it exterminates thousands and forces them not to eat or drink and they will have to evacuate their homes without taking anything with them, until we can finally purge them," the voice identified as Saddam answers.