Inside the mind of SADDAM

United States
November 12, 2007 9:34pm CST
Did you know an arabic speaking FBI agent interviewed Saddam every day for months before Saddam was executed? I didn't either! I had read some of the relevations from those interviews but had no idea the information came from Saddam. Quite a bit about the Iraq war is explained here. http://www.newsmax.com/kessler/terror_watch/2007/11/12/48741.html The link is a promo for a book to be out soon that goes into more detail concerning the Saddam interviews. Even still, it is quite useful as a source of information. Do you think there is any truth to these interviews or are they a disinformation campaign by the USA?
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
13 Nov 07
I think there is a lot of truth here. It does help explain why Saddam was doing the things that he did, and the bit about Iran fits very well, especially considering the things Iran has said and done. Of course there will be those who say this is nothing more than a misinformation campaign, a lot of people would rather believe that Iraq was for oil and that Bush lied. It may be years before we know the full truth behind the invasion, and everything that led up to it... even the things that we already know a lot of people are in denial about because these things show that Bush was right, and his opponents are wrong. I think this is most likely true.
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• United States
13 Nov 07
Saddam's story as reported here is ringing true to me, too. The man was about to die and wanted his story told. He surely knew it would do him no good to lie. It all makes sense to me.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
13 Nov 07
Hello Destiny & Red, I absolutely concur with both of your reasoning. There are only two reasons why I will withold judgement until I've read the full account. They are: 1. There was great speculation as to whether Saddam was being held criminally liable by the U.S., it's surrogate, or a fully sovereign Iraqi government. I imagine that Saddam must have been hedging his bets that the US was ultimately in control of his destiny. "Alani said the defense team would prove Saddam's "legal rights have been denied" and would question the court's legitimacy, citing international laws that say a court formed under occupation is considered invalid." http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=nation_world&id=3434942 Hussein's second trial ... http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/21/world/middleeast/21cnd-hussein.html?ex=1313812800&en=ac036bd79e5edfc3&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss 2. For me, discerning whether Hussein's account is factual will largely depend on any reference to the convoy of tractor trailers viewed (via satellite) leaving a Hussein/Iraqi munitions warehouse (headed toward Syria) days before the US invasion to topple the Hussein regime. According to the promo, Hussein alleged that he had no current WMD program, yet planned to redevelop such a program once the UN sanctions were lifted. Yet, Hussein had set up a large-scale network of cronies using the illegally skimmed "Oil for Food" monies. So, unless and until the full account reveals what was being trucked out of Iraq, and to what purpose the "Oil for Food" theft was allocated, I cannot dismiss the possibility that Hussein was simply hedging his bets. Giving the US enough information to render him a valuable information asset (remembering that Hussein would have been accutely aware of Iran also being named as part of the "Axis of Evil"), thereby allaying his worst fears that his own people would be charged with enactment of justice against him for his crimes against humanity. Hussein's arrogance has long been attested. So, I imagine that he fully expected some kind of a 'Hail Mary' maneuver. One that would allow him to live out his days in abundent obscurity in Saudi Arabia. Moreover, the article references the appearance of Hussein's reaction to execution as having been rehearsed. So, if he didn't get his "Hail Mary" move, then I imagine that his legacy was an important second to his survival. As such, it would have behooved Hussein (in his own mind) to go out with the knowledge that his people would still see him as a benevolent patriarch, rather than a sadistic tyrant. All in all, it is a great challenge to try to imagine the inner workings of any one else's mind, let alone a megalomaniac. Perhaps Hussein's ultimate objective was to inflict guilt into the collective mind-set of those who judged him. Accepting such guilt would render any such judges that much less potent when judging his cronies, and family, after his passing.
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• United States
13 Nov 07
LadyLuna, I can't give a BR for a comment, you know! I wish the news networks would hire someone like you to report on the goings on in the world. None of the major news reporting is as analytical as your comment or Destiny's. That said, I have to agree that it is difficult imagining the workings of a mind like Saddam's. I find it disquieting that I have some skill for it.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
13 Nov 07
Hello Red, Interesting! I would have been extraordinarily surprised if the US didn't have someone pumping information from Saddam Hussein, before his execution. I'm also sure that Saddam derived some pleasure from the sense of importance that it surely must have given him, to have such a captive audience. And, I imagine that it provided him with the simple pleasure of company. How much of it is true? Who knows. Hussein must have realized, very early on, that his own people would have demanded retribution for his many tyrannical acts. So, he probably knew that he could spin whatever tale he wanted to for any audience that expressed a desire to listen. I will reserve judgement on the content of the book until I've had the opportunity to read it. However, the promo is captivating enough for me to want to read it. So, I guess the promo can be called a success. Thanks for sharing this.
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