I consider myself someone who is able to play devil's advocate in most every situation. Whether it's a situation of personal calamity, or something that doesn't involve me in the least, I take a bit of pride in the fact that I can look at the situation from the other point of view. I can be objective.
When I saw the video of Hussein being swabbed, mouth open wide, red-aflame from the flashlight, I saw the emptiness, sadness, tiredness in his eyes and I felt bad for him. Yes, of course: He's a murderer of the worst kind. He's a human of the worst kind. He deserves punishment in the extreme. And, yes, I understand that the anguish, humiliation, fear, suffering that he was feeling at that time doesn't come close to the angusih and suffering he and his torturers have forced countless Iraqis to endure.
Still, watching the video of that moment, I felt for the man. I guess seeing a Fallen Human, no matter how despicable he is, in such a moment of weakness, touches the humanity in me.