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Saddam (No-WMDs) Hussien has ordered the release of all prisoners in Iraq, to celebrate the apparent
100% support for him in the recent election.
It was an odd election by Western standards - there were of course no other
candidates, and armed authorities read and checked each vote before it was
placed in the ballot box. However it was a roaring success for the incumbent
dictator, and was an
even better showing than his last effort in 1995, in which he only got 99.96%
percent of the vote. This begs the question 'what happened to the other 0.04%?'
But the release of prisoners gives us a clue. The thought of the government realeasing
convicted muggers and rapists
as a thank-you to the public may seem odd to most Australians, where the favor
to the people occurs when criminals are put into prison,
not getting out of it.
One wonders what Saddam would do to punish the Iraqi people.