“Depend upon it, sir,” Samuel Johnson famously said, “when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."
Saddam Hussein has more time than a fortnight left, but he’s already working on his concentration. Now that his own neck is being fitted out for a noose, he's urging the survivors of the Kurds and Shiites he once executed by the thousands to move beyond old grudges.
After citing Mohammed and Jesus, "who had asked for forgiveness for those who opposed them," Saddam had this to say to the country he formerly ran as his personal terror prison: "I call on all Iraqis, Arabs and Kurds, to forgive, reconcile and shake hands."
DU has been unable to confirm reports that Saddam's apology was inspired by the example of late humanitarian "Tookie" Williams.
If not, we still find both men's apologies equally credible.