Sunday, December 14, 2003

The hole truth

The wife's deeply involved in an SSX 3 session on the PlayStation this evening, which has led me to poke around the Web looking for anything fun and interesting with the capture of Saddam Hussein.

So on (always a great place to find exclusive, in-depth stuff), I found Notes from Saddam in Custody. Apparently the early reports of a cooperative Saddam were not quite correct, as this piece makes him out to (still) be pretty much an asshat.

But an amusing asshat, at least.

The two best bits are a U.S. official's recounting of "Saddam rhetoric type stuff" such as:
When asked “How are you?” said the official, Saddam responded, “I am sad because my people are in bondage.” When offered a glass of water by his interrogators, Saddam replied, “If I drink water I will have to go to the bathroom and how can I use the bathroom when my people are in bondage?”

But my favorite bit is a quote where the official talks about finding minutes of insurgency meeting in Saddam's hut and how they'll look deeper to see whether Saddam is actually involved in leading the insurgency:
“We can now determine,” he said, “if he is the mastermind of everything or not.” The official elaborated: “Have we actually cut the head of the snake or is he just an idiot hiding in a hole?”


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