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War now a horror film, and soldiers the stars

Robert Fisk

Published 26/11/2011 | 05:00

When prisoners were brought to Saddam Hussein's intelligence service for interrogation, their torturers often videotaped the torment.

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In the years after his downfall, I lectured around the world on the illegality and the immorality and the outrageous civilian slaughter of the invasion of Iraq by George W Bush and Tony Blair.

But I also carried with me extracts from those obscene videos -- just in case the war's detractors forgot just what an iniquitous man Saddam actually was. The videos were originally shot to shame the prisoners, but also, I suspect, for the sense of domination it gave the torturers.

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