Questioning a Kurdish witness Thursday, Saddam said, ''I wonder why this man wanted to meet with me, if I am a dictator?''
The judge interrupted: ''You were not a dictator. People around you made you (look like) a dictator.''
''Thank you,'' Saddam responded, bowing his head in respect.
Wow, ok. Here's Webster's definition of a dictator:
Main Entry: dic·ta·torDefinitions 1b seems to describe Hussein without any debate at all. Some (like Hussein) might object to definition 1c (the "often oppressively" part), but I think it's pretty absurd for a judge in the trail to make a claim like that.
Pronunciation: 'dik-"tA-t&r, dik-'
Etymology: Latin, from dictare
1 a : a person granted absolute emergency power; especially : one appointed by the senate of ancient Rome b : one holding complete autocratic control c : one ruling absolutely and often oppressively
2 : one that dictates