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'Sometimes you have to sup with devil to survive in Middle East'

Published 14/06/2014 | 02:30

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq. Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq. Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Seven years ago he was judged by many to be "the baddest man on the planet". So it seemed the forces of good finally had their way when the life of Saddam Hussein was ended in a fairly gruesome hanging ceremony.

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He died shortly before dawn having been found guilty on various charges. One related to the death of 100,000 people in northern Iraq – but as is the case with any mass killer the details didn't seem to really matter,

It is nearly impossible for those of us on this side of the world to really comprehend how fickle life can be in parts of the Arab Middle East. We know from our television screens there has been a seemingly endless stream of car bombings in Iraq since the demise of Saddam. Sometimes the numbers dead and maimed are horrific – but when viewed from the comforts of western European living rooms it all seems very far away.

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