WHERE’S SADDAM?

I’m amazed that more people haven’t been asking this question. It seems to me that it’s extremely important that Saddam be found and arrested – more important than whether we find some chemical missiles that Saddam would have been able to remanufacture swiftly if he’d survived the past few months with his regime intact. If he’s still in Iraq, as Ahmed Chalabi argues, then he truly is a menace. If he’s offering rewards for the murder of American soldiers, as Chalabi also claims, then his capture should surely be a priority. What are we doing about it? I wish I knew.

WHEN IN DOUBT: Offend. The hip British artist, Damien Hirst, has given up drugs and drink, but not the cheap attacks on others’ faith:

In a series of sculptures inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, which will be seen in London this autumn, Hirst will depict Jesus and the apostles as 13 pingpong balls bobbing on spurting fountains of red wine. A washing bowl to bathe Christ’s feet will sit beneath their Formica table. Hirst had wanted the balls to bob on blood but opted for wine, with all its symbolic echoes of the mass, in which Catholics believe wine is turned into the blood of Christ. If that were not strong enough meat for many Christians, it will sit alongside a cow with six legs called In His Infinite Wisdom. The fourth major piece in his next show at the White Cube gallery in London in September will be The Death of the Saints and the Ascension of Jesus, a sequence of “metaphorical” cabinets showing how Christ and the disciples met their ends. A pickled bull’s head will sit in front of each cabinet.

Charming.