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The Many Faces of Saddam
The Many Faces of Saddam Hussein
We have all seen Saddam Hussein on TV. His smiling visage seems to stand out in
stark contrast to the more than one million people that he has killed, some of
whom were personally shot by Saddam Hussein himself. Saddam Hussein has even
killed his own grandchildren.
But now, German scientists have established that the Saddam Hussein we see on TV
is not the real Saddam Hussein. Saddam Hussein has at least three doubles.
Iraq: Seeing Double In Baghdad -- Saddam Uses Look-Alikes To ...
... the Iraq crisis would be the assassination of Saddam Hussein. ... for the
public to detect
which Saddam is before ... The reason is that the doubles -- who are chosen ...
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Saddam's Body Doubles
The eight Saddam body doubles are gathered in one of the bunkers in downtown
Baghdad. Tariq Aziz, the deputy prime minister, comes in and says, "I have some
good news and some bad news." They ask for the good news first.
Aziz says, 'The good news is that Saddam is still alive, so you all still have
"And the bad news?" they ask.
Aziz replies, "He's lost an arm."
The mysterious capture of Saddam Hussein
By Sandy Shanks
The Daily Tribune
Last Updated: Friday, January 02nd, 2004 01:55:09 PM
Once again Florence poked her head through our bedroom door on Dec. 14th with
some Earth-shattering news. “We’ve captured Saddam Hussein,” she announced.
Muttering an obscenity under my breath that things always seem to happen while
I’m still in bed, I trudged out to the kitchen.
Before my first cup of coffee, I stared vacantly at the apparition on the screen
– a hermit-like figure with a scraggly beard and unkempt hair was having his
mouth examined by an unknown doctor.
“That’s Saddam?” I questioned myself not wishing to miss any of the dialogue. I
learned of his meekness at the point of capture, and that he was disoriented (or
When the news reports began to repeat themselves, belatedly I went on my morning
power walk, and began recalling what is known about the dictator. He stole so
much from the Iraqis that Saddam was regarded as the 55th richest man in the
world. He had 26,000 elite, dedicated, highly paid fanatics called the
Presidential Guard to protect him. Much as we would like to add cowardice to the
huge list of debaucheries, this man is not faint-hearted. Twice he challenged
the power of the U.S., and he could have flown the Iraqi coop, but he stayed.
Many were convinced that he would not allow himself to be captured alive. His
appearance was questioned as was the squalor in which had been found. At the end
of the walk I concluded that was not Saddam. That was one of his doubles.
Nothing else made sense.
Then I learned of the time of his capture, Saturday afternoon, our time, and
Bush’s skepticism that we had the right man. Bush was informed at 5:14 EST on
Sunday that Saddam’s identity was confirmed by DNA testing, and he allowed the
media to have its scoop. So, it is Saddam, but reminded of the questions aroused
during the walk, I further concluded, that doesn’t make any sense, either.
A Southern California columnist may have found the answer to the puzzle. Gerald
Plessner, using a web site called the DEBKAfile, speculated that Saddam was
already a prisoner when the 4th I.D. captured him, and that he had been held
captive for nearly four weeks since his audio taped message on Nov. 16th
concerning Ramadan. Cursing that I should have thought of that, I embarked on an
examination of Jerusalem-based DEBKAfile. It has been cited as Best of the Web
by Forbes, a selected Hot Site by USA Today, and profiled in the New York
Observer and Time Magazine. I could go on. While one might assume that it is
pro-Israeli due its locale, the site appears to be open and candid. One of my
personal sources summarized, “I did some random checks on credibility, and the
info is considered reliable and timely by pros in the field.” Also, there are
reports out of London, Paris, Baghdad, Turkey, and two separate ones out of
India that Saddam was already captive when Americans nabbed him. This is all
speculative, as Mr. Plessner notes, and the reports could be feeding off one
another. However, the same speculation from such disparate places as London to
Turkey leads one to believe there might be some validity.
Detractors quickly point out that Saddam had a loaded pistol. This can be
explained in any number of ways. Presented are two. His pistol was as much a
part of his uniform as his tunic. Were he captured without it the mere
speculation would be rampant. Assuming honor among thieves, he may have been
allowed to keep his weapon in case he chose the Extreme Solution to his many
Speculative, yes, however, responsible newspapers are reporting it throughout
the globe. Saddam already a prisoner on Dec. 13th? Now that does make sense.
Sandy Shanks, a native of Hibbing, is the author of two books. He can be reached
at email@example.com .
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