Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 973 times:
If the Iraqi government admited he was dead, I don't know if they would be able to keep as much control over the population as they do. Iraqis have lived in fear of Saddam and his aura of invincibility and viciousness for 25 years. It wansn't necessarily Aziz and the other minions the people were afraid of - it was Saddam and his sons. If you kill the personality behind the cult, the cult generally does not survive long.
I don't know if he's dead or not. The worst would be if he simply disappears - no body, no trail. Iraqis would continue to fear his return, and reconstruction would be that much more difficult.
Ideally, he will be killed by the last bullet fired in this conflict.
Lehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 921 times:
"The Pentagon says they think they killed Sadaam and are challenging him to prove he is alive. "
LOL! Now that certainly IS the most stupid thing I have ever heard. Where do I start with this? This is worse than demanding Saddam to give up. Why on earth would you show yourself if you've got a gun to your head??
If the Pentagon thinks (or says they think) someone is dead, how the heck is that person supposed to be responsible for proving otherwise. That statement show utter incompetence of the Pentagon's part -- they wielded this perfectly. It is the same excuse that they weren't sure if OBL was dead cuz they decided bombing everywhere "a good idea at the time" (quoted Rumsfeld).
That statement and the stupid one before it were entirely rhetorical and didn't need to be said, they were 'duh' statements. WTF?
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Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 879 times:
As each day goes by, I'm beginning to think that he is either a.) Dead or b.) Severely injured, and is too f***ed up looking as a result to appear on TV. With his personal bodyguard now protecting the Information Minister, one could think that he is the man in charge, since he has been the only major Iraqi official to actually be seen on TV since the hostilities recommenced. All of the "statements" from Hussein, Aziz, and other high-ranking officials have been either taped statements or read by the Information Minister. So who really is in charge?