New Yorkers woke to the news that Saddam Hussein was on his way to the Big Apple for his trial. A spokesman for the Iraqi government said that frantic behind the scenes negotiations, had made this historic event possible, while Vice President Dick Cheney had heard enough about CIA shortcomings at Saddam's first court appearence. The Iraqis, and the Iraqi judge in particular, needed no persuading to agree to this step. When asked whether they would miss Saddam ; the Iraqis indicated that they had "with every bullet so far".
Saddam was rushed to New York to be greeted by Chief Architect for the Freedom Tower, David Childs. The Tower will replace the WTC, destroyed on 9/11. A 20 ton granite block, the cornerstone, is ready for placement.
It was Childs in fact who had requested that Hussein be brought to New York in order that "he go on trial here". Upon Saddam's arrival Childs explained: "Good news is you're getting laid today, bad news is that it's as part of that 20 ton cornerstone. But don't worry you'll be on trial.......if there's a structural defect we plan to dig up the structure at some point".
Everyone agreed that it was beneficial for all parties, that at last a concrete arrangement had been made. Even Saddam had to concede that his future was now cast in stone.