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Old 07-02-2004, 05:56 AM   #1
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Saddam playing the role of his life?

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/02/op...02MONT.html?th

Mr Hussein plays his favourite role "Leader of Arab" in court, better than before.
Do you think he has any chance for a comback and might even get elected in the post-baathist iraq? Maybee because he can present himself as the "strong leader who can root out povetry and instability"?

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Could Iraqis find themselves voting again for Mr. Hussein? He's laid the groundwork. As a ruler, he identified himself with Arab heroic stereotypes. He dressed as a Bedouin chief, father figure, Arab warrior-king, like Saladin; his propaganda explicitly compared him to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. Yes, most Iraqis hated him and now revel in his humiliation.

But if as years pass, poverty and instability continue, some Iraqis will return to revering Mr. Hussein as a mythical strongman who heroically defied invincible American Crusaders. It is a terrifying lesson in the naked power of savage terror and brazen propaganda that sometimes the wanton destructiveness of tyranny — the slaughter, torture and buffoonery — are forgotten while the myth of glory enters the popular memory: Shelley's "Ozymandias" in reverse.
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Even now, some of my friends are going "Saddam is the Man, he's cool shit" because they saw how Saddam was running the show in court.

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p/s it's a result of movies and our desire for the bad guy to be cool, imo.
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This is no way a support for Sadaam, just a news report.

http://www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/new...ervice_id=2768

Saddam could die before his trial
7/28/2004 6:00:00 PM GMT




'When we last saw President Hussein on television he looked quite ill.


Source: Daily Record

Saddam Hussein has suffered a stroke, his lawyers said today.

His lawyers say that the former Iraqi President might de before his full trial.

Saddam’s defence team is still trying to get a permission to see their client, but said they had information from the Red Cross that his health has majorly deteriorated.

Saddam’s lawyers who include former Dundee director Giovanni di Stefano, are demanding that their own doctor be allowed to see Saddam.

Jordanian lawyer Mohammed al-Rashdan said: 'We're very worried that we won't have a client to defend.'

He added: 'Our information is that he's in very poor health.

'We understand from the International Committee of the Red Cross that our client has had a brain scan to discover how badly he has been affected by the stroke.

'We believe he could die because of his health problems. We also think an attempt may be made on his life.'

Al-Rashdan also said: 'We've been told he has suffered from a number of headaches, has had a heart problem of some kind and then this stroke. He has also lost a great deal of weight.

'We don't understand why our request to send our own doctor to check onhim has been refused.
'When we last saw President Hussein on television he looked quite ill.

'Under the Geneva Convention we're entitled to have access to our client. But all our requests have been ignored.' And Rashdan added: 'I think President Bush and Prime Minister Blair would be happier if he died from ill health. Then the problem would go away.'

Earlier this month, Saddam appeared in an Iraqi courtroom, when he was read seven charges against him that may lead to a formal indictment for war crimes.

Mr al-Rashdan said Saddam’s defence team attempts to him had so far been blocked.

He speculated Saddam’s health could get much worse if a trial was not held soon. "We believe any trial could be months, if not years, away," he said.
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Good grief! If he dies before the trial just imagine all of the secrets he'll take to his grave.
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I know GWB and Co. didn't have a crystal ball, but if Saddam dies soon it's going to make their claims that he "may soon supply terrorists with WMD" look even more lame.
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Originally posted by Scarletwine
This is no way a support for Sadaam, just a news report.

http://www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/new...ervice_id=2768

Saddam could die before his trial
7/28/2004 6:00:00 PM GMT




'When we last saw President Hussein on television he looked quite ill.


Source: Daily Record

Saddam Hussein has suffered a stroke, his lawyers said today.

His lawyers say that the former Iraqi President might de before his full trial.

Saddam’s defence team is still trying to get a permission to see their client, but said they had information from the Red Cross that his health has majorly deteriorated.

Saddam’s lawyers who include former Dundee director Giovanni di Stefano, are demanding that their own doctor be allowed to see Saddam.

Jordanian lawyer Mohammed al-Rashdan said: 'We're very worried that we won't have a client to defend.'

He added: 'Our information is that he's in very poor health.

'We understand from the International Committee of the Red Cross that our client has had a brain scan to discover how badly he has been affected by the stroke.

'We believe he could die because of his health problems. We also think an attempt may be made on his life.'

Al-Rashdan also said: 'We've been told he has suffered from a number of headaches, has had a heart problem of some kind and then this stroke. He has also lost a great deal of weight.

'We don't understand why our request to send our own doctor to check onhim has been refused.
'When we last saw President Hussein on television he looked quite ill.

'Under the Geneva Convention we're entitled to have access to our client. But all our requests have been ignored.' And Rashdan added: 'I think President Bush and Prime Minister Blair would be happier if he died from ill health. Then the problem would go away.'

Earlier this month, Saddam appeared in an Iraqi courtroom, when he was read seven charges against him that may lead to a formal indictment for war crimes.

Mr al-Rashdan said Saddam’s defence team attempts to him had so far been blocked.

He speculated Saddam’s health could get much worse if a trial was not held soon. "We believe any trial could be months, if not years, away," he said.
http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f...925-280373.php



July 29, 2004

Saddam refuses tests, treatment for chronic ailments

By Rawya Rageh
Associated Press


BAGHDAD, Iraq — Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein suffers from a chronic prostate infection and has refused to have a biopsy to prove he does not have cancer, an Iraqi official said in an interview Thursday on Al-Jazeera television.
X-rays and blood tests did not show anything more serious than the infection and Saddam seemed to be in good health otherwise, Iraqi Human Rights Minister Bakhtiar Amin said.

Saddam, 67, has been held under U.S. detention at an undisclosed location in Iraq since his capture last December.

There have been several media reports saying his health was deteriorating — which the U.S. military denied Thursday.

“Saddam did not have a stroke and he is not dead,” 1st Sgt. Steve Valley told The Associated Press. He did not have further information.

A Jordan-based spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, the only neutral entity with access to Saddam, said Thursday the organization had no information about a downturn in Saddam’s health.

“Saddam’s sickness was rumors spread by the media,” Mu’in Kassis told The Associated Press. The ICRC said it has visited him at least twice to check on his condition and carry messages to his family.

According to Amin, Saddam has lost weight after following a diet. He spends his time reading the Koran, writing poetry and tending to a garden, Amin said.

Mohammed al-Rashdan, a member of Saddam’s defense team, said the lawyers have received unconfirmed information that Saddam suffered a stroke. He urged the Iraqi government to allow them, his family or a neutral party to send a doctor to Iraq to examine Saddam.

Officials at the Iraqi prime minister’s office said they had no information on the deposed leader’s condition.
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