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As inmate, Saddam read poetry, fed the birds: US nurse
AFP ^ | 01/03/07

Posted on 01/03/2007 9:59:52 AM PST by presidio9

Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was an avid reader, fed birds and told jokes while he was in US custody, an American military nurse who looked after him said in interviews with US media.

Robert Ellis, 56, an operating room nurse assigned to Saddam during his US military detention, described a courteous, contemplative figure in stark contrast to the brutal reputation Saddam earned during his rule over Iraq.

"He basically talked about his wife, and his children," Ellis told CNN on Monday.

"He was an avid reader. Loved to read and write. He had a lot of stories that he had written. He had a pamphlet that he wrote in every day and then when time came to visit him he'd read things to me," the army reservist said.

The master sergeant said he had strict orders to ensure Saddam stayed alive while in US hands.

"That was my job: to keep him alive and healthy, so they could kill him at a later date," Ellis recounted in an interview from his home in Normandy, Missouri with the St Louis Post-Dispatch published on Sunday.

Saddam was convicted of crimes against humanity and executed by hanging on Saturday, an end that did not sit well with Ellis.

"I was kind of disappointed (by the execution)," Ellis told CNN.

"I thought that they would more or less put him in jail for the rest of his life to kind of stem some of the violence that I knew was going to take place," he said.

When Saddam at one point was allowed short walks outside, the former president would feed birds pieces of bread saved from his meals, the nurse told the St Louis newspaper. Saddam also watered a plot of weeds.

"He said he was a farmer when he was young and he never forgot where he came from," Ellis told the paper.

Ellis said he did not believe Saddam was lonely while in detention "because he was jovial at times."

Saddam "had a good sense of humor. You know, made jokes, you know. And he spent most of his time reading, and praying," he said.

Ellis said he monitored Saddam's health from January 2004 to August 2004, visiting him twice a day, giving him medicine daily, checking his blood pressure and temperature and ensuring he was receiving enough food and water.

Guards referred to Saddam by the code name "Victor," he said.

Saddam went on a hunger strike at one point, refusing to eat when guards slid food through the slot on the bottom of his cell door. But when guards starting opening the door, Saddam dropped his hunger strike.

"He refused to be fed like a lion," Ellis said.

At no time did Saddam display hostility toward him, Ellis said, but his patient did ask him why the United States had led an invasion of Iraq in 2003.

"He said everything he did was for Iraq," Ellis told the St Louis newspaper.

"One day when I went to see him, he asked why we invaded. Well, he made gestures like shooting a machine gun and asked why soldiers came and shot up the place. He said the laws in Iraq were fair and the weapons inspectors didn't find anything.

"I said, 'That's politics. We soldiers don't get caught up in that sort of thing.'"

Saddam never spoke of dying and unlike his defiant, angry appearances at his trial proceedings, he rarely complained, Ellis said.

"When he was with me, he was in a different environment," he said. "I posed no threat. In fact, I was there to help him, and he respected that."

Ellis had mixed feelings about his role, knowing he was treating a patient who would likely be put to death.

"I knew all along what they were going to do. This went against my grain as a nurse, but as a soldier -- well, that was my job."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bushsfault; cuetheviolins; florencenightengale; malenurse; mancrush; stockholmsyndrome
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1 posted on 01/03/2007 9:59:54 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

So touching....


2 posted on 01/03/2007 10:01:07 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: presidio9

I believe the nurse had Stockholm Syndrome.


3 posted on 01/03/2007 10:01:38 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (Peace through strength.)
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To: presidio9

Gee, what a swell guy. See, he probably could have been rehabilitated and put in charge of a lesser nation. Such a waste, such a waste...


4 posted on 01/03/2007 10:01:44 AM PST by AbeKrieger (Obama's just a smokescreen for Hillary.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Yes, now he can expand on his benevolence by feeding the worms.


5 posted on 01/03/2007 10:01:48 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: presidio9

Aw what a really nice guy... Start making up the Saddam T-shirts for every college campus in America. Move over Che. ;-)


6 posted on 01/03/2007 10:02:10 AM PST by rhombus
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To: presidio9

Poor misunderstood man.

How cruel we are.....(sarc off)


7 posted on 01/03/2007 10:02:14 AM PST by Vaquero (Moderate Islam is Radical Islams Trojan horse in the West)
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To: presidio9
Saddam feeds the birds, Saddam feeds the worms, the birds eat the worms. Ahhh the circle of life......
8 posted on 01/03/2007 10:02:39 AM PST by Ben Mugged (Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.)
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To: presidio9

He probably even wrote children's books just like Tookie.


9 posted on 01/03/2007 10:02:47 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: presidio9

For the birds...


10 posted on 01/03/2007 10:02:50 AM PST by Wright Wing
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To: presidio9

He was a conniving bastard in a hopeless situation. He was doing everything he could to save his own evil ass. Too bad this guy was fooled by it. No matter though, he's dead.


11 posted on 01/03/2007 10:03:04 AM PST by Jaysun (I've never paid for sex in my life. And that's really pissed off a lot of prostitutes.)
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To: Ben Mugged

ROTFLMAO!


12 posted on 01/03/2007 10:03:21 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: presidio9

And now he isn't reading poetry and he 's feeding the worms.


13 posted on 01/03/2007 10:03:34 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: presidio9
"I thought that they would more or less put him in jail for the rest of his life to kind of stem some of the violence that I knew was going to take place," he said.

Another disappointed liberal, disappointed Saddam was executed and disappointed violence didn't ensue!

14 posted on 01/03/2007 10:04:10 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: presidio9
I'm sure that Charles Manson has his touching moments as did Ted Bundy.

DOES THIS LESSEN THE NATURE OF THE EVIL PERPETRATED BY THEM?
15 posted on 01/03/2007 10:04:21 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather.)
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To: presidio9

My Heart will go on. Maybe he was attracted. Trying to paint the birdman of Alcatraz pizazz image of the monster.


16 posted on 01/03/2007 10:04:53 AM PST by dforest (Liberals love crisis, create crisis and then dwell on them.)
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To: presidio9

Isn't that so sweet.


17 posted on 01/03/2007 10:05:18 AM PST by svcw
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To: presidio9

I had been number one in their deck
Of my life they have made quick a wreck
As I sit in my cell
There are now thoughts of hell
I'm about to be hanged by the neck


18 posted on 01/03/2007 10:06:42 AM PST by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: presidio9

..really tugs at those heartstrings, huh?


19 posted on 01/03/2007 10:06:57 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: presidio9

And Hitler loved Eva ... so what?


20 posted on 01/03/2007 10:08:27 AM PST by sono (For everyone but America the free world is mostly a free ride. - Mark Steyn)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Also, I'm told he really loved Doritos. Such a terrible waste.


21 posted on 01/03/2007 10:08:59 AM PST by presidio9 (Proudly posting every day from Ground Zero)
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To: presidio9

Oh, yeah. He was such a quiet neighbor. He once gave my son a football. He helped a grandmother across the street. But then, there was that shredder thing.


22 posted on 01/03/2007 10:09:01 AM PST by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: presidio9; EveningStar

Some people say that I'm a bad guy
They may be right, they may be right!
But its not as if I dont try
I just f*** up!
Try as I might.

But I can change, I can change!!!
I can learn to keep my promises, I swear it!
I'll open up my heart and I will share it!
Any minute now I will be born again!

Yes I can change, I can change!!!
I know I've been a sodding little bastard
La la la la la lalala!
*hectic*
I like to kill, I like to mate, a seventh saint, but ITS OK
CAUSE I CAN CHANGE!!!!!!!
*sigh*

Its not my fault that Im so evil
Its society, society.
You see, my parents were sometimes abusive
And it made a prick of me!

But I can change, I can change!
I can learn to keep my promises I know it!
La la la la la lalala!!
I'll open up my heart and I will show it!
Any minute now I will be born again!

Satan: But what if you never change?
What if you remain a sandy little butthole?

Saddam:Hey Satan!
Dont be such a twit
Mother Teresa wont have shit on me!
Just watch, just watch me change here I go Im changing!!!
Hey!
HEY HEY HEY HEY HEY HEY HEY HEY!!!
Ah!

*whistling solo*
Dee da tlee ta tlee ta tlee tlaa tlaa...
Heeeeeeey Satan!


23 posted on 01/03/2007 10:09:37 AM PST by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 69-71)
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To: presidio9
Don't forget that Hitler was a vegetarian and a teetotaler. The Fuhrer could not abide cruelty to animals. He was also very friendly to children. In many respects, the man responsible for murdering millions of his fellow humans would have fit in nicely among modern liberals.
24 posted on 01/03/2007 10:10:07 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: presidio9

I'd like to build the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow-white turtle doves

I'd like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I'd like to hold it in my arms
And keep it company
I'd like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills
For peace throughout the land
That's the song I hear
Let the world sing today
A song of peace that echoes on
And never goes away


25 posted on 01/03/2007 10:10:21 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: presidio9; Mr. Mojo

Oh yeah - the guy was a regular St. Francis the Sissy.


26 posted on 01/03/2007 10:10:48 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Ben Mugged

That was good. :)


27 posted on 01/03/2007 10:12:10 AM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: sgtbono2002
I believe the nurse had Stockholm Syndrome.

I know this may be hard for freepers to believe, but I suspect the reporter is manipulating the quotes in this story to presnnt a certain point of view.

Other news articles have quoted this medical soldier also, and they don't paint such a positive picture of Saddam.

28 posted on 01/03/2007 10:16:51 AM PST by 68skylark
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To: presidio9
He had a pamphlet that he wrote in every day...

A list of names of those to be fed into the plastics shredder, no doubt.

29 posted on 01/03/2007 10:19:15 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: presidio9
Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was an avid reader, fed birds and told jokes while he was in US custody

No kidding? Sounds like a better life than murdering people. Apparently being deposed and captured was the best thing that ever happened to him, as well as his people - a pity it didn't happen sooner.
30 posted on 01/03/2007 10:19:26 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: presidio9

I don't suppose he will be singing Oh Tannenbaum along with Adolf?

31 posted on 01/03/2007 10:21:32 AM PST by Vaquero (Moderate Islam is Radical Islams Trojan horse in the West)
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To: presidio9
qualis artifex pereo

32 posted on 01/03/2007 10:22:07 AM PST by SmithL (Where are we going? . . . . And why are we in this handbasket????)
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To: dfwgator

I never hurt anyone in my whole life. When I said Saddam's
execution was too humane I was called evil.


33 posted on 01/03/2007 10:23:22 AM PST by ChiMark
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To: Brilliant

"Yes, now he can expand on his benevolence by feeding the worms."

BRIILIANT, Brilliant!


34 posted on 01/03/2007 10:23:33 AM PST by tubasonum (proud to be naturalized American)
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To: mtbopfuyn; presidio9
In days of my youth
when life was fresh
I'd a friend named al-Nekedder
We shared our joys
our hopes and dreams
then I had him thown into a plastics shredder.

Bird and children, children and birds
so innocent and easy to feed
If not for the fact that these birds can fly
I'd feed them into a plastics shredder.

Accused stand I of crimes immoral
of war and death and destruction
Oh how little of power they know,
it's copious blood of seduction.

.... that drips out of my plastic shredder.

In days of old when men were bold
and shredders weren't invented
Torture and rape room and prisons for young
would amuse me until shredders were invented. -S. Hussein.

35 posted on 01/03/2007 10:31:23 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: presidio9
"...He refused to be fed like a lion," Ellis said..."

Well, I can certainly understand that. If there is anyone who has seen the effects of lions and eating, it would have to be him.

36 posted on 01/03/2007 10:35:32 AM PST by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: sono

"And Hitler loved Eva ... so what?"

Hitler was also a vegetarian and loved dogs. He just wasn't a Jewish people person.


37 posted on 01/03/2007 10:42:32 AM PST by AngieGOP (I never met a woman who became a stripper because she played with Barbie dolls as a kid.)
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To: presidio9

BACKGROUND MUSIC! WHERE is the background music?

You know; Vivaldi's "Spring"?

Ya can't have a big "Oooooooh" story without Vivaldi!

Oh, yeah, and the graphic of Saddam in his tutu. Gotta have that in there, too.


38 posted on 01/03/2007 10:52:14 AM PST by HKMk23 (PRO-LIFE: Because a Person's a Person, no matter how small.)
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To: presidio9

Trying.......to......squuueeeeeze...........tear...........

uggg...Not going to happen...


39 posted on 01/03/2007 10:59:33 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans (I've always been hated))
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To: presidio9
Gawd, this MSM nonsense just makes me all misty-eyed.

Just like passing a kidney stone would.

40 posted on 01/03/2007 11:02:35 AM PST by dirtboy (Objects in tagline are closer than they appear)
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To: presidio9

Hitler supposedly liked dogs and listened to opera ....didn't change the facts of what he did...ditto for Saddam.


41 posted on 01/03/2007 11:04:44 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: tubasonum
"Yes, now he can expand on his benevolence by feeding the worms."

And since the birds eat worms, he's still feeding the birds. Gaia-woshiping liberals ought to be so proud that he's come full circle.

42 posted on 01/03/2007 11:07:40 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: presidio9

The softening of Saddam's image has begun. The left does things like that. They are the ones who visit serial/mass murderers in prison and sing their praises about what good people they really are.
< sarcasm>
Can't be judgemental about their murders. Society made them do it. Bad genes made them do it. There is no free will.
< /sarcasm>


43 posted on 01/03/2007 11:13:17 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: HKMk23

"BACKGROUND MUSIC! WHERE is the background music?

You know; Vivaldi's "Spring"? "

How about 'Springtime for Hitler?'


44 posted on 01/03/2007 11:22:11 AM PST by sono (For everyone but America the free world is mostly a free ride. - Mark Steyn)
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To: presidio9; dighton; martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim
"He was an avid reader. Loved to read and write. He had a lot of stories that he had written.
He had a pamphlet that he wrote in every day and then when time came to visit him he'd read things to me," the army reservist said.

I am reminded of the last words of Nero:

"What a great artist dies with me!"

45 posted on 01/03/2007 11:28:49 AM PST by Constitution Day ("Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." Aldous Huxley)
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And Gacy painted pictures of clowns, so what?


46 posted on 01/03/2007 11:43:44 AM PST by WhirlwindAttack (Muck the Fuslims. And Lord strike down the toons too.)
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To: presidio9

I think this nurse was getting buggered by Saddam and fell in love.


47 posted on 01/03/2007 12:28:40 PM PST by pissant
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To: presidio9

Why they'll all say, look at him reading poetry and feeding the birds. Why, he wouldn't even hurt a fly!


48 posted on 01/03/2007 5:03:00 PM PST by kcar (o.o)
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To: presidio9

... and Hitler was kind to dogs and went to the Opera.


49 posted on 01/03/2007 5:23:19 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: presidio9

Birds eh ?

I say let him feed the buzzards.......


50 posted on 01/03/2007 6:28:13 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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