IRAQ: Saddam Hussein's insanity
From Moscow, Cameron Sawyer writes: It is almost impossible to believe, but in this age of Russian "turbo-capitalism" (Chris Jones' phrase), the great Communist Party rag Pravda is still published in Moscow. It has a very active English language on-line edition, which can be as weird as the National Enquirer. I guess any Communist in turbo-capitalist New Russia would simply go insane. I thought WAISers would enjoy this piece:
Pravda says that Saddam Hussein is going insane. He is well fed and well treated, but his mind is going. He keeps a picture of George Bush on his wall. The writer from Pravda speculates that perhaps he went crazy from staring at Bush's "intellectual face", which sounds rather French and reminded me of Fowler's brilliant essay on irony. Enjoy! RH: He has clearly long suffered from megalomania, which affects many leaders including Napoleon, Hitler and today Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.
Christopher Jones, whose family comes from the American South plus Cuba abd the Basque country, said, referring to the picture of Bush in Saddam Husssein's cell: Those devils, the Americans! By putting Bush's "intellectual" countenance in Saddam's cell, they have gone one step beyond the most fiendish torturers of the Spanish Inquisition. Here is an abridged comment by Tim Brown: When I read this sort of hate-driven rant, my first thought is that it must be a feeble attempt at humor. But then I realize that the writer is dead serious, An image of Bush is more "fiendish" than Torquemada's rack? Get real!!
Daryl DeBell comments on Saddam Hussein's insanity and also on Christopher Jones' assertion that only intelligent persons go insane: Perhaps Hussein is crazy like a fox. He might well know that the US does not execute psychotics, so a simulation would keep him alive. As to the question of whether only intelligent people go insane:I don't really know. At the lowest levels, idiots and imbeciles, the criteria for thought disorder would be meaningless, but otherwise I see no reason why low intelligence would protect someone from the chemical anomolies of schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder.
Daryl DeBell commented on Saddam Hussein's insanity and also on Christopher Jones' assertion that only intelligent persons go insane: Perhaps Hussein is crazy like a fox. He might well know that the US does not execute psychotics, so a simulation would keep him alive. Gene Franklin comments: I can't resist relating a myth from WWII days. A soldier wandered about the base picking up random pieces of paper and muttering 'that's not it'. After many days of this he was examined, declared insane, and given a discharge. On being handed the paper he declared: 'That's it!"
Christopher Jones writes: I read the Pravda piece, and Cameron should be highly commended for sending it. Those devils, the Americans! By putting Bush's "intellectual" countenance in Saddam's cell, they have gone one step beyond the most fiendish torturers of the Spanish Inquisition. [I seem to remember the story of a Dutch leader who was starved to death in a cell above a restaurant, so the whiffs of garlic, wine and cheese would drive him stark, raving mad] In the name of Allah, it is an outrage! Where is the Geneva convention when you need it?
PS: Of course, one wonders whose picture would have adorned Bush's cell if the tables had been turned . . . Hilary Clinton? On the other hand, as I have stated categorically, only the intelligent go mad, so President Bush may well be immune . RH: Seriously, who put the picture of Bush there? Was it a soldier's prank? How did Pravda find out about it? Christopher's categorical statement seem quite unscientific, but we would like the opinion of Daryl DeBell.
Randy Black writes; The Pravda story about Saddam Hussein going insane ran one year ago. That story was the result of a report issued by the Red Cross, a story on BBC and a story in an Arab publication, " Hussein goes insane" (02/24/04). Saddam Hussein, who is currently being held captive by the Americans, is slowly going insane. This has been reported by Arab newspaper Elaf with a reference to members of the Red Cross organization. Source: http://english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/368/12132_hussein.html
<http://english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/368/12132_hussein.html> RH: It is odd that it was not given more publicity. Did the Red Cross supply the detail about the picture of Bush? Cameron Sawyer can tell us of the item he saw was a follow-up story.
Cameron Sawyer said the Pravda story about Saddam Hussein going mad appeared a year ago. Randy Black writes: The story that ran last year in the US referred to a photo of President Bush being mounted on the wall opposite to the jail cell that houses Hussein. It was said that the picture was hung above the desk of the various US soldiers who sit nearby and monitor Hussein 24-hours a day. I recall the story and the description of the photo of Bush as being similar to the one that is in all federal facilities, US Postal facilities, embassies and consulates worldwide.
It seemed to me at the time of the original story that a comment was made by a television broadcaster who reported the original story that the photo was reminiscent of the time in Panama in which the US forces set up stereo speakers and broadcast rock music, very loud, around the clock to flush out Panamanian dictator Noriega. I recall that the music included that of the Rolling Stones. The tactic worked. Perhaps the photo of Bush is a similar effort.
Sidebar, Noriega is 70 now and converted to the Southern Baptist faith (go figure), was baptized, prays regularly and so forth while in prison. I understand that he may be in poor health.
Do you recall the famous quote of the US soldier as he confronted Hussein when he was discovered in the spider hole upon his capture? „President George Bush sends his regards!‰