That big play today (four column head, page one) the New York Times gave the horror stories of torture and maiming in Iraq should be enough to convince die-hard Bush haters that the President did the world a major service in ridding it and the people of Iraq of a monster comparable to Adolph Hitler. The prestigious Times sets the news pace for all the television networks except Fox and likely will trigger them into strong follow-up interviews with victims that will be aired nationally in this country.

And with each passing day of revelations that Hussein & Co. gouged out eyes, pulled out tongues and sliced ears off victims, French President Jacques Chirac is painting himself in to a corner as the alliance he created with Germany, Russia and China is fraying at the edges and he himself is being cold shouldered by President Bush. It will be interesting to learn just how close he was personally to Hussein.