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October 18, 2009

Saddam's Insight into Human Nature

Someone has set up a site called, which posts all of the publicly released U.S. interviews with Saddam Hussein. (It seems to be the work of this guy.)

Whoever it was deserves credit, because it's a really useful resource—the pdfs declassified by the government are just images and not searchable. Here's one of my favorite parts:

Around this time [1973], Hussein seriously considered leaving the government but remaining in the Party...Hussein did not like the "power" and his position in the government. When he joined the revolution of 1968, his intention was not to stay in government. Hussein had planned to stay involved only within the cells of the Party at the lower levels. At that time, he believed it would be a "shame" to serve in the government. Until this day, Hussein still does not like government. He likes the people and the Party, but believes it is difficult for the government to judge fairly. Hussein observed individuals described as "kind and gentle" before serving in the government who subsequently became the opposite after their appointments to government positions.

My goodness, Saddam, you really understand people. (PLEASE DON'T KILL ME.)

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at October 18, 2009 04:55 PM

He was the ONLY one that acted sane and calm at his own hanging. So, maybe he's got a point there. He sure cost US a lot in BLOOD&TREASURE. Luckily WE have a "civilized" puppet in power in Iraq now, one that does what he's told.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at October 18, 2009 05:34 PM

the pdfs declassified by the government are just images and not searchable.

OmniPage Pro can convert inage PDFs into text PDFs

Posted by: Steve J. at October 19, 2009 08:29 AM

All the more the hottest places in hell are reserved for him: anyone who sins despite knowledge rather than out of pure callousness and ignorance sins more. Maybe he and Bobby Mac can share a hot tub?

Posted by: En Ming Hee at October 19, 2009 10:15 AM