Saddam Hussein at his trial yesterday:
During one exchange [he] described the US coalition as "criminals who came under the pretext of weapons of mass destruction and the pretext of democracy instead of dictatorship" [my italics].If one leaves aside the prejudicial way in which he expresses the thought ('criminals', 'pretext'), it seems that Saddam has a clearer memory of things than some of the war's critics.
In other respects, he's not thinking so clearly:
When Saddam declared: "I am head of state," the judge retorted: "You used to be a head of state. You are a defendant now."