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Report: Saddam Writing Poetry in Prison
ABC News ^ | 7/26/04 | AP

Posted on 07/26/2004 11:08:51 AM PDT by Gucho

LONDON July 26, 2004 — Saddam Hussein appears depressed and demoralized in solitary confinement, spending his time writing poetry, tending a garden and reading the Quran, according to a report published Monday in The Guardian newspaper. One of Saddam's poems is about George Bush, though the report did not specify whether that referred to President Bush or his father, Saddam's foe in the 1991 Gulf War.

The newspaper quoted Bakhtiar Amin, the human rights minister in the new Iraqi government, who said he had visited Saddam's cell on Saturday. Amin said he did not speak to the former Iraqi leader.

Bakhtiar said Saddam appeared "in good health and being kept in good conditions," but he "appeared demoralized and dejected," The Guardian reported.

Saddam's air-conditioned cell in a U.S. military prison is 10 feet wide and 13 feet long, Amin said. Saddam is not allowed to mix with other prisoners.

Amin had little to report on Saddam's poetry. "One of the poems is about George Bush, but I had no time to read it," Amin said.

He reported that Saddam was being treated for high blood pressure and a chronic prostate infection, and was gaining weight after losing 11 pounds during a time when he resisted all fatty foods.

Saddam and other detainees get an MRE (meal ready to eat) breakfast, and hot food twice a day, Amin said. Dessert might include oranges, apples, pears or plums, but Saddam also likes American muffins and cookies, The Guardian quoted Amin as saying.

Saddam is not allowed newspapers, TV or radio, but has access to 145 books mostly travel books and novels donated by the Red Cross.

Amin said Saddam tends a garden during his daily three-hour exercise period.

"He is looking after a few bushes and shrubs and has even placed a circle of white stones around a small palm tree," said Amin. "His apparent care for his surroundings is ironic when you think he was responsible for one of the biggest ecocides when he drained the southern marshes."

Amin, a Kurd from Kirkuk, was reportedly the first member of the new Iraqi government to visit Saddam.

During his visit, Amin said he met Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali, who allegedly ordered the use of chemical weapons against Kurds in the late 1980s; Saddam's half-brother, Barzan al-Tikriti, a former intelligence chief who was Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva until 1998; and Saddam's personal secretary, Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti.

Amin said he was approached by al-Tikriti, who was standing next to Ali Hassan al-Majid.

"Minister, what am I doing here?" Amin quoted al-Tikriti as saying. "I am not like the others, I am not like Ali Hassan al-Majid." Al-Tikriti asked that the message be passed on to Kurdish leaders and to new Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.

"I tried to control my emotions, but to be honest I wanted to vomit," The Guardian quoted Amin as saying.

"There before me were the men responsible for the industrial pain of Iraq mass murderers who were responsible for turning Iraq into a land of mass graves."


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1 posted on 07/26/2004 11:08:53 AM PDT by Gucho
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To: Gucho
if you did not do what i chose,
i will cut off your toes
if you slip up or goof
i will drop you from the roof
if for me you do not lie
watch me help you die
2 posted on 07/26/2004 11:11:59 AM PDT by wildwood
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To: Gucho

sure
"i yam saddam here's my will
all mine enemies I will kill
i can make iraqis all feel better
i put them all feet first into my shredder
i dig big pit and all i bury
i yam saddam - vote for kerry!"


3 posted on 07/26/2004 11:12:10 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it with something for you))
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To: Gucho

The infidels deserve to die
The infidels I will fry
I'm still the President of Iraq
I lost nothing in the attack
I had to kill them to be a man
The infidels like Green Eggs and Ham
I do not like it Saddam I Am...

Probably goes something like that...


4 posted on 07/26/2004 11:12:26 AM PDT by RockinRight (Liberalism IS the status quo)
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To: Gucho
Saddam's air-conditioned cell in a U.S. military prison is 10 feet wide and 13 feet long, Amin said. Saddam is not allowed to mix with other prisoners.

Oh, my heart just bleeds for him. (sarcasm)
5 posted on 07/26/2004 11:12:58 AM PDT by Beaker
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To: Gucho

He's gone from BAD to VERSE!...


6 posted on 07/26/2004 11:13:17 AM PDT by Red Badger (I coulda' swore we elected a Republican President last time.........)
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To: Gucho
He is looking after a few bushes and shrubs and has even placed a circle of white stones around a small palm tree," said Amin. "His apparent care for his surroundings is ironic when you think he was responsible for one of the biggest ecocides when he drained the southern marshes."

Note the only time the media has any criticism of him is when the environment is involved. I remember that when he unleashed oil into the sea that was a turning point for some US media (if only temporary)

7 posted on 07/26/2004 11:13:46 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Beaker

A lot better condintons than anyone on this site would give him.


8 posted on 07/26/2004 11:14:05 AM PDT by John Will
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To: Gucho; MeekOneGOP; PhilDragoo; Smartass; devolve; potlatch; Prime Choice; Grampa Dave
Saddam's new career hasn't been limited to the finer arts such as poetry either . . he's making a name for himself doing commercials also . .

Let’s Keep This A Secret

I have been captured

My Regime has fallen

And my sons are dead.
But I have some good news . .

I just saved hundreds

on my car insurance

by switching to Geico


9 posted on 07/26/2004 11:15:47 AM PDT by Happy2BMe (JOHN KERRY is as much like the WORKING MAN as WHOOPIE GOLDBERG is to GEORGE W. BUSH! - Vote BUSH!)
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To: Gucho

Sadaam is now in prison, his fate not known,
But the court is planning to kill him...
I hope they do it soon, and he will be gone.
For all his deeds Sadaam's life goes dim,
May the families he hurt be comforted along.

I see Sadaam with a noose around his neck,
his life ebbing away as the sun rises high.
Or maybe the firing line of rifles in check;
Ten or so descendents of Sadaam's victims nigh.
They are the squad to bring justice, let it fly!

A little poem of my own for the old Dictator!


10 posted on 07/26/2004 11:16:24 AM PDT by Kackikat (,)
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To: Gucho
previous Saddam poetry thread.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1178776/posts?page=25#25

11 posted on 07/26/2004 11:17:02 AM PDT by No Blue States
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To: Red Badger; kanawa; Salem
The Saddam energizer bunny just keeps on going and going and . .


12 posted on 07/26/2004 11:18:45 AM PDT by Happy2BMe (JOHN KERRY is as much like the WORKING MAN as WHOOPIE GOLDBERG is to GEORGE W. BUSH! - Vote BUSH!)
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To: All

I am inclined to believe the poets on this post would put Saddam to shame :-)


13 posted on 07/26/2004 11:22:41 AM PDT by Gucho
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To: Gucho

Maybe he writes Haiku:

Uday and Qusay
They could run but could not hide.
Did they get Virgins?


Invading Kuwait
Thought I was like Saladin
What's with my army?


14 posted on 07/26/2004 11:24:27 AM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: Gucho

SADDAM I AM!
SADDAM I AM!
YOU MUST LIKE ME!
SADDAM I AM!
YOU MUST LIKE ME IN A RAGE!
YOU MUST LIKE ME IN A CAGE!
YOU MUST LIKE ME IN A BOX!
YOU MUST LIKE ME IN BERGER'S SOX!
SADDAM I AM!
SADDAM I AM!
....


15 posted on 07/26/2004 11:28:54 AM PDT by Red Badger (I coulda' swore we elected a Republican President last time.........)
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To: Gucho
"Amin had little to report on Saddam's poetry. "One of the poems is about George Bush, but I had no time to read it," Amin said"

A John Donne, he ain't.

16 posted on 07/26/2004 11:37:09 AM PDT by Windsong (FighterPilot)
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To: RockinRight
What's with all of this rhyming???

Modern poetry doesn't rhyme. He, no doubt, writes like this:

Spider Hole!

dreary....
my palace....
infidel soldier....
captured....
Sad...damn!

17 posted on 07/26/2004 11:37:29 AM PDT by Onelifetogive
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To: John Will
A lot better condintons than anyone on this site would give him.

Oh that's for sure.
18 posted on 07/26/2004 11:39:55 AM PDT by Beaker
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To: Gucho

If only Jabba the Hut (i.e. Michael Moore) had known he could have included some of Saddam's thoughtful poetry in his film showing what a sensitive and loving guy he really is. I'm mean contrast that with President Bush who probably doesn't even write poetry at all. Oh well, at least it more material for his next "documentary."


19 posted on 07/26/2004 12:37:02 PM PDT by Avenger
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To: Avenger

"If only Jabba the Hut (i.e. Michael Moore) had known he could have included some of Saddam's thoughtful poetry in his film showing what a sensitive and loving guy he really is. I'm mean contrast that with President Bush who probably doesn't even write poetry at all. Oh well, at least it more material for his next "documentary."

Mikey needs a job and start working out.


20 posted on 07/26/2004 1:37:37 PM PDT by Gucho
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To: Happy2BMe
"There was was a Tyrant from Nantucket" .....

21 posted on 07/26/2004 2:38:35 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Happy2BMe
"There once was a Tyrant from Nantucket" .....

22 posted on 07/26/2004 2:39:17 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: MeekOneGOP

... who chopped off heads in buckets . .


23 posted on 07/26/2004 3:49:20 PM PDT by Happy2BMe (JOHN KERRY is as much like the WORKING MAN as WHOOPIE GOLDBERG is to GEORGE W. BUSH! - Vote BUSH!)
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To: Happy2BMe
And he said, with a sly grin ....

24 posted on 07/26/2004 4:36:21 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Happy2BMe
Make that:

"And he said, with an evil grin" ....


25 posted on 07/26/2004 4:37:56 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: MeekOneGOP

. . I'll TORTURE YOU AGAIN ..


26 posted on 07/26/2004 4:40:06 PM PDT by Happy2BMe (JOHN KERRY is as much like the WORKING MAN as WHOOPIE GOLDBERG is to GEORGE W. BUSH! - Vote BUSH!)
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To: MeekOneGOP
"There once was a Tyrant from Nantucket" .....

Whose spider hole was so small he couldn't f^%&* in it.

27 posted on 07/26/2004 4:44:58 PM PDT by lewislynn (Why do the same people who think "free trade" is the answer also want less foreign oil dependence?)
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To: Happy2BMe

Then they blew off his head and said "(Kerry) it"!

Or, how about...

Violets are blue
Roses are red
Let's end this now
And hang him until dead.


28 posted on 07/26/2004 4:46:03 PM PDT by hoagy62 (I'm pullin' for ya...we're all in this together.")
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To: Happy2BMe
There once was a Tyrant from Nantucket,
who chopped off heads in the buckets.
And he said, with an evil grin,
I'll torture you again,
and leave you for worm food, ya got it?

29 posted on 07/26/2004 5:43:52 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: MeekOneGOP

Mary had a little lamb.
Its fleece was white as snow.
So I killed it... and my sons raped and murdered Mary.
And then I killed her family and gassed her village.


30 posted on 07/26/2004 5:56:38 PM PDT by get'emall (Kofi Annan: Lawn Jockey on the Arab Street.)
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To: Happy2BMe
Hey, get this ! Bill O'Reilly just showed a clip of him talking to Mikey Moron
(Moore) and Moore is supposed to be on his show tomorrow night ! ha!

This should be good, eh?


31 posted on 07/26/2004 5:58:56 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: get'emall
Heeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrre's Saddam !!

32 posted on 07/26/2004 6:02:20 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: MeekOneGOP; Mo1; cyborg; PeaceBeWithYou; null and void; catpuppy
I'm so glad to know that underneath all that hate and evil and other superficial stuff, is really a sweet, gentle guy who's really misunderstood. < /sarcasm >

Can y'all believe this? What's next? A puppy? Baking cookies? Crocheting socks?

33 posted on 07/26/2004 6:23:03 PM PDT by sweetliberty ("A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left." (Eccl. 10:2))
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To: sweetliberty; Mo1; cyborg; PeaceBeWithYou; null and void; catpuppy
I can just see Saddam and Martha sharing the same cellblock! haha!


34 posted on 07/26/2004 7:38:23 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: MeekOneGOP; JustAmy

JA maybe when Saddamy gets internet access he can be part of Poetry and Potpourri :D


35 posted on 07/26/2004 7:39:19 PM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: MeekOneGOP

LOL! You read my thoughts.


36 posted on 07/26/2004 7:40:21 PM PDT by sweetliberty ("A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left." (Eccl. 10:2))
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To: cyborg; MeekOneGOP; Darksheare; NicknamedBob; Conspiracy Guy

LOL

We have some expert Troll Busters. I doubt he would enjoy himself much at the Place. :~)

Thanks for the ping. This is a funny thread. The Tyrant Poet.


37 posted on 07/26/2004 7:54:28 PM PDT by JustAmy (Please pray for our Military and their families.)
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To: cyborg
haha! :^D

38 posted on 07/26/2004 8:13:25 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: sweetliberty
:^D

39 posted on 07/26/2004 8:14:02 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: MeekOneGOP

:D


40 posted on 07/26/2004 8:15:33 PM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: No Blue States

Why do new threads get posted when merely bumping the old thread would do the job even better?


41 posted on 07/26/2004 8:16:28 PM PDT by RightWhale (Withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty and establish property rights)
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To: JustAmy
:^)

42 posted on 07/26/2004 8:25:45 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: MeekOneGOP
Meek, I initially thought that Martha deserved a guilty verdict (but not jail time). I've changed my mind. I don't think she is guilty of anything and I sure don't think that putting her in prison accomplishes any constructive purpose.

If the government cannot prove her guilty of the crime about which they questioned her, I don't think it should then be able to prosecute her for saying that she didn't do the crime. Further, although I realize that the prosecution of insider trading is to protect those of us who must invest without the benefit of friends in high places, if one cannot act upon a phone call from one's broker, then why are we paying all those brokers and analysts all that loot?

43 posted on 07/26/2004 9:02:35 PM PDT by catpuppy (Ignore Their Lies. ELECT KERRY-EDWARDS-CLARK-WILSON-BERGER!)
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To: catpuppy
Do you think that if you or I LIED to the FBI and obstructed justice that we would get off scott free? She lied to them in the course of an investigation. I certainly would not expect to get off. 10 months, with only 5 in prison is pretty light, imho .....

I just wish that her peer had to face the same.


 
"Think of the great following Martha has throughout the country - There's no telling how she's broadened my base today," President Bill Clinton said at the luncheon.



44 posted on 07/27/2004 3:32:27 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Gucho; JustAmy
"Poor Me"

I once had many palaces,
All over my great land.
I shredded many enemies,
Now buried in the sand.
I was beloved by many men,
Because they feared me so.
I had so many statues made,
So all the world would know.
That as a despot I was tops,
Since Hitler was the man.
I tried my best to out do him,
I really know I can.
Then Bush and Blair ganged up on me,
And kicked my little tail.
They found me in my spider hole,
And put me in this jail.
So here I sit and pray to me,
My freedom I will gain.
Vote Kerry Edwards then you'll see,
That I'll be free again.

Saddam Hussein 7/27/2004
As told to Conspiracy Guy

45 posted on 07/27/2004 4:42:00 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (They are where you least expect. Look around and you'll see them too.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

LOL

Love it. Thanks.


46 posted on 07/27/2004 4:52:00 AM PDT by JustAmy (Please pray for our Military and their families.)
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To: JustAmy

; )


47 posted on 07/27/2004 5:02:07 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (They are where you least expect. Look around and you'll see them too.)
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To: JustAmy

PS. It needs a picture real bad!


48 posted on 07/27/2004 5:03:44 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (They are where you least expect. Look around and you'll see them too.)
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To: Gucho
In this lousy prison I stew
And, believe me, I'm feeling quite blue
I've taken a fall
But the worst part of all
Is I've lost my account on DU
49 posted on 07/27/2004 5:05:33 AM PDT by steve-b (Panties & Leashes Would Look Good On Spammers)
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To: MeekOneGOP

Saw your limericks. Ping


50 posted on 07/27/2004 5:08:29 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (They are where you least expect. Look around and you'll see them too.)
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