Friday, July 02, 2004

Decked out with hand grenades, daggers, a walkie-talkie, binoculars and an AK-47, and with a chubby plastic head topped by a beret with a skull badge, the doll dances to the Hippy Hippy Shake when turned on.

"It's funny, isn't it?" Mustapha al-Kadamy, a young father,said as he browsed through a toy store in the wealthy Mansoor district and prepared to buy one of the dancing dolls.

"Tomorrow Saddam will go before an Iraqi judge, and so today is a good day to make fun of him: We need to be able to smile after all the horrible things he's done to us."

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