Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Advice From A Mass Murderer, Dictator, Rockstar
GQ Magazine's portrayal of Saddam Hussein is like that of a washed up yet adored rockstar. Don't they know that this guy killed and tortured hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of his own people. You wouldn't know it after reading GQ's interview with the U.S. troops who guarded him for a year.
On History and Politics
"Reagan and me, good."' "He said, 'I wish things were like when Ronald Reagan was still president."' President Bush and his father, former President George H. W. Bush, are "no good," while former President Bill Clinton was "OK."
Never tell someone you’re hiding in a spider hole. “Only one person knew where he was hiding and betrayed him.”
On living in Prison
He liked to tell jokes, write poetry, tend to his garden and smoke cigars. He requested a pingpong table but was refused.
He likes Doritos, which he would eat by sprinkling drops of water into the chips' bag beforehand, the soldiers said.
He would offer advice on women. "He was like, 'You gotta find a good woman. Not too smart, not too dumb. Not too old, not too young. In the middle. One that can cook and clean. Then you thank her, and you go...' And Saddam smiled and made the gesture of bending a woman over and spanking her, as if to say: This is how you keep her in line," one soldier said.
The captive would wash his hands immediately after shaking someone's hand and would wipe down his tray, table and eating utensils meticulously before eating, they said.
posted by El Capitan at 7:57 AM
The soldiers who watched over Hermann Gorring found him to have a pleasent personality as well. The lesson here? A couple actually:
1. Don't judge a book by it's cover. Mass murderers can be very normal people sometimes. Go figure.
2. Bullies are usually meek when they aren't in charge anymore.