BBC News: Saddam 'to face just 12 charges'
"A spokesman said the 12 charges of crimes against humanity were fully documented and there was no point "wasting time" dealing with all 500."
No point? Or (as the cynic in my bones speaks to me) too much chance that his dealings with the West will be highlighted? The past is being rewritten as we read it. Once Saddam is out of the picture, the no-one cares what the history books say.