A Rat in A Trap

A small two-room mud hut, squatting in between two farmhouses with sheep penned nearby, was shrouded in darkness.A darkness brought forth by an unexpected power outage.A darkness enhanced even more so by the moonless night that enshrouded the small dwelling.A sheep's call broke the silence as soldiers equipped with night vision goggles converged on the hut.One room, which appeared to have served as a bedroom, held two beds, some books, a heater, a refrigerator, and some clothes.The bed was crumpled, and there was a fresh, clean pair of boxer shorts, unused and still new.The other room was a crude kitchen with a sink, medicine, Mars bars, a flashlight, a cup, and some rotting bananas.The place looked a mess, not the conditions one would expect to find the Iraqi leader to be living in.Yet, outside the rooms, the soldiers searched the miniature courtyard.Pulling back a rug they found an eight-inch thick piece of Styrofoam with rope handles plugging a hole.It was the discovery of the contents of this hole that led to celebration around the world.
At six feet long, two feet across, and three feet high, the hole was barely big enough for Saddam Hussein to lie in.He was armed with a pistol, but showed no resistance during his capture.Caught like a rat in a trap, Saddam came out with hands up.Soldiers found two AK 47 rifles, $750,000 in $100 denominations, and a white and orange taxi during the raid.The raid would be the turning point of the war, which had sparked much debate amongst politicians, the press, and people around the world.
In Just War – or a Just War? by former President Jimmy Carter, he discusses whether the war with Iraq meets "with the principles of a just war" (259).Elie Wiesel's Peace Isn't Possible in Evil's Face talks about how he is "in favor of intervention when, as in this case because of Hussein's equivocations and procrastinations, no ot…