The group said Iraqis have the right to ask whether crimes being committed today are not unlike the crimes under the Saddam Hussein regime. Hello there. I read a web news article and found the use of two negatives in a single sentence. That is; NOT and UNLIKE which often I believe twists indication in a sentence. Does it make sense to take the author's view as "right to ask if crimes today are like the old ones under Hessein's"? Because I see two negatives in there, I'm not really sure of my understanding. If it were written otherwise, such as "they got the right to ask If crimes today are DIFFERENT than old days under Hessein's." or "crimes today are not like old day's", I would be straight-forward to its indication. What do you think about this? I'd like to hear your thoughts. Thanks.