CBC offers an interesting headline

Caught this earlier today as I was skimming the headlines (as many people do).


It’s an interesting headline: “Blair says Saddam trial a reminder of his brutal regime”

What’s the subject of the sentence? Tony Blair.

What’s the direct object? “Saddam trial”

Who? Blair. What? Saddam trial. Whose brutal regime? his.

Many at the CBC might believe the the Anglo-American led war in Iraq was “brutal”, so whose “brutal regime” are they referring to here, that of “Blair” or that of “Saddam trial”?

So, as many people skim the headlines, what may register at an unconscious level?

“Blair… his brutal regime”