Newspapers Vie for Perfect Saddam Headline - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/15/03

Newspapers Vie for Perfect Saddam Headline

The capture of Saddam Hussein. It's one of the biggest stories since 9-11 and folks across the county and here in Lubbock followed Sunday's news through television and the internet. But Monday morning, it was the newspapers stealing the spotlight, all vying for the perfect headline.

Local newspaper stands bombarded with customers who heard the news yesterday but wanted to see the headlines with their own eyes. "You can't miss it, it's wonderful news," says Lubbock resident, Ralph Carter.

Among bold headlines "Saddam Snared", "Captured", and "the tyrant is a prisoner". Each one gracing the top of major newspapers and grabbing the attention of local residents and leaders.

"I just think it was shocking like everybody else said on the news. They didn't think they would catch him but they did," says Ralph.

"I'm really glad they got Saddam because it'll help our country be a lot better," says Greg Walpole, a Lubbock resident.

"I think it indicates the U.S. did not take this lightly. It's not a fun game political move. It was a serious intent to stop terrorism," says State Representative Delwin Jones.

Those we spoke with feel the way Saddam was captured couldn't have been more ironic for the tyrant who tried to hide.

"How he was caught where he was caught and I can't think of anything more appropriate than him being buried and trying to hide from us," says State Representative, Carl Isett.

"In the final analysis, he just didn't have the courage to take a stand, and he cowered down and hid in a cave like a whimpering animal," says Congressman Randy Neugebauer.

And all residents feel confident justice for Hussein is coming sooner than we thought.

"I think if we executed him it'd be fine with me, but I don't know living in a prison cell would be fine too," says Tech student, Emily Anconetani.

"I like the idea that he's going to be tried by his own citizens by a jury of his peers and justice will be served in that manner. I think the people of Iraq don't have to fear he's going to come back to power," says Isett.

Some residents add they hope the next piece of good news we hope to hear is the capture of Osama Bin Laden.

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