If he's building a case for an insanity defense, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is scoring well inside the Baghdad courtroom where he is on trial for murder.

Mr. Hussein routinely lets judges and witnesses know his opinions, even when continually being admonished by the judge. He referred to his treatment and that of the others being tried with him as "terrorism." He complains of not having clean clothes, smoke breaks or time to shower. His rants are a stark contrast to the torture testimony being offered by witnesses. Torture, shock, beatings and rapes at the hands of the former president's agents.

Mr. Hussein and his co-defendants are charged in the deaths of more than 140 Shiite Muslims in retaliation for an assassination attempt against him more than 20 years earlier. The trial began Oct. 19 but has been delayed often due to outbursts from the defendants.

The real heroes in the trial are the brave judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and witnesses who put their lives on the line in order to see that justice is served.

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