TAHA YASSIN RAMADAN ; Saddam Hussein's Vice-President
Cockburn, Patrick, The Independent (London, England)
Taha Yassin Ramadan, Saddam Hussein's former Vice-President and long time henchman,was hanged early yesterday for his part in killing 148 Iraqi Shias in the village of Dujail in the early 1980s. A brutal apparatchik in the old regime, he neatly symbolised its ruthlessness, incompetence and cult of loyalty to the supreme leader. Even by its low standards, he was an extraordinarily nasty piece of work.
Saddam used openly to divide his senior officials into loyal thugs and experts who knew what they were doing but whose loyalty to the leader was not certain. Ramadan belonged to the first of these two camps. When appointed Minister of Industry, he reputedly announced: "I …
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