Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Saddam: Boxers Or Briefs?

Little Green Footballs reader Haider Ajina wrote in to remind us all of the truth about Saddam Hussein. From Little Green Footballs:

Recently most of the mainstream media have been promoting a human side to Saddam. Poor old Uncle Saddam, as it were. If this goes on we will soon forget what this man has done. We must not forget the evil this man is and what he has done, lest we wish history to repeat itself.

Saddam Hussein has not a thread of humanity in him. Every act of his is cold and calculated with an end purpose in mind. That purpose being self-preservation and self-indulgence at the cost of all others and at what ever means possible. Saddam has been a thug since his teenage years. He was implicated and later convicted of attempting to assassinate Iraqi prime minister Abdel-Karim Qassem in 1958. Later he was implicated in the mysterious death of his Baathist predecessor Bakar after Baker retired.

Shortly after Saddam became president in 1979, he convened a high level Baathist meeting during which he had close allies and friends escorted out of the meeting room and shot, just for being to close to him. Saddam then proceeded to rule Iraq with an Iron fist. He gassed the Kurds, bombed the Shiites, attacked the Iranians, attacked the Kuwaitis, sponsored terrorist camps, financed terrorists, (one of his personal body guards trained in Afghanistan at an Al Qaeda camp), murdered over 1 million Iraqis, maimed, tortured and raped many more for political reasons, orphaned his grandchildren.

The list goes on and on. I ask you are the above acts those of a human being?

Saddam is evil personified: a thug, a mass murderer, a rapist, a torturer. He is not a poor old man stuck in isolation, nor does he deserve any sympathy for his current condition. We must never forget what this man and others of his ilk have done to humanity, unless we wish it to happen again and again.

Yeah, I think any reasonable person can agree with that assessment.

So then, why did the American mainstream magazine GQ write this fawning piece about Uncle Saddam:

New York, NY – June 20, 2005 – Following the announcement that former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein will soon be brought to trial on multiple charges, GQ magazine sheds new light on the man and his life since being captured and imprisoned. Hussein longs for the days when Ronald Reagan was president, says that he never dealt with Osama bin Laden, and is absolutely certain that he will return to power, according to an account of his captivity detailed for the first time in the July issue of GQ magazine.

In her story, “Tuesdays with Saddam” (on newsstands nationwide June 28), GQ correspondent Lisa DePaulo interviews five U.S. soldiers who guarded and got to know Saddam Hussein for 298 days.
“They became witnesses to history, and as part of their duties they found themselves struggling to come to terms with the older man they grew to know and the reality of his infamous past as a ruthless dictator.”

“These young men showed Hussein a respect and courtesy that made possible an unusual bond between captors and captive. And because of this, they were able to see a very different side of one of the most controversial figures in modern history.”

Among the most intriguing revelations that Hussein shared with the soldiers are:

· Hussein says that he is still president of Iraq and is absolutely certain that he will someday return to power.

· He is proud that his sons died for their country.

· While having little positive to say about either President George W. Bush or his father, George H. W. Bush, he expresses a desire to be “friends” with them.

· He also expresses a longing for the days when Ronald Reagan was still president.

· Hussein is a “clean freak,” afraid of germs, obsessively washing his hands and carefully wiping his plate and utensils before eating.

· He gave the soldiers advice on how to handle women (“You gotta find a good woman,” he told them. “Not too smart, not too dumb, not too old, not too young. In the middle.”)

· He thinks Dan Rather is “a good guy.”

· He loves Doritos chips and Raisin Bran Crunch cereal…but he won’t touch Froot Loops.

I think we already know he prefers baggy briefs to boxer shorts. I wonder, though, if he were a tree, what kind of tree would he be?

By the way, in case anyone missed the reference, the title of Ms. DePaulo's piece "Tuesdays With Saddam," is a cute little flip of the skirt to the bestseller Tuesdays With Morrie, which was the story of a young mans time spent with the kindly, old, and dying Morrie Schwartz, and the rich wisdom he passed on.

See, because Saddam and Morrie are two, uh ... uh, there kind of, uh ...