Saturday, May 10, 2008

Dear Diary . . .

The topic for this week's Family Security Matters article was almost too easy. When I read that Saddam Hussein was keeping a prison diary during his three years in captivity, I knew I had comedy gold.

Of course, I'll let you be the judge, jury, and executioner of that . . .

Earlier this week, the London-based Arab newspaper Al-Hayat released samples of Saddam Hussein's prison diary. Although the former Iraqi dictator was executed on December 30, 2006, the writings were just released. Apparently, it took Al-Hayat a year and a half to pick Hussein's tricky diary lock.

The diary was full of interesting revelations and peeks into the mind of a madman. For example, Saddam was fond of dotting his "I" with a heart, doodling on every other page, and expressing his innermost fears. It was like a Hillary Duff after school special . . . with more facial hair. The first glimpse into the writings showed that "The Butcher of Baghdad" feared that he would contract AIDS during his incarceration, and was mortified to see U.S. soldiers drying their clothes on his personal clothesline:

"I explained to them that they are young and they could have young people's diseases," Saddam wrote." My main concern was to not catch a venereal disease, an HIV disease, in this place." He said some soldiers ignored his request.

Oh, come on: you know you want more! You can read the rest of the article HERE.

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