Friday, January 28, 2005

Rambling Post (3)

Saddam was born in Tikrit after his father had been killed. The mother married, later, his uncle. There was no intimacy between the new husband and the young boy. So Saddam was kicked out of home. The boy resorted to his maternal uncle who had had political interests. This uncle, whose name is Kher'alah, made use of the nephew to threat his rivals. A friend of Saddam's youth called (Ibrahim Azzubaidi), a famous broadcaster who became later the general manager of the Iraqi governmental radio station, related many stories about the early times of Saddam's life. Azzubaidi fled the country in the early 1970s when he noticed that Saddam was gaining power and about to be the 2nd man in the government.

One of these stories says when Saddam was about 15 years old; he tried to kill his school teacher because he slapped Saddam across the face. Saddam schemed to knock on his teacher's house door, at night, shooting him and to return to Kher'alah's house pretending that he was sleeping during the event. Everything was correctly implemented except that the one who opened the door was the teacher's young brother. The teacher's brother got the shot in the leg. Nothing was proved against Saddam and the teacher left the town immediately. Few years later, Kher'alah made use of Saddam to kill a political rival called (Sadoon An'nasree). Again nothing was proved against him. But later, after Saddam seized power, he admitted it and paid the man's family money as compensation.

In the year 1959, a bunch of baathists decided to assassinate the Iraqi prime minister. They were looking for guys who had the guts to kill human beings. Saddam was recommended for them and they added him to the assassins. The attempt failed. Saddam, who had been badly injured in his leg, managed to flee to Syria. Since that time, Saddam rose in importance among the baathists. He was warmly received in Damascus by the founder and the leading league of the party. Saddam was brilliant enough to recognize what kind of leaders he was dealing with.

Azzubaidi says Saddam noticed that those leaders were not men of politics, but they were a bunch of schemers and conspirators against each other. Though they were schemers, they did not have the guts to implement their schemes which he got. Azzubaidi phrases Saddam's conclusion :( Saddam discovered the Baath party is the most suitable mount to ride to achieve his ambitions. He did not understand or believe in Baath ideology).

Saddam believed that terrifying members of the party will turn them into a docile group which he can use to seize power.

Saddam went from Syria to Egypt. He remained there till February 1963, which is an unclear period of Saddam's life.

To be continued…


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad you chose to think loudly to be heard by the world! I have learned so much from you.

It has been a long while since I posted, but I wanted to let you know you are still in my thoughts and prayers as your election day nears.

I will anxiously await your continuing history writing.


2:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Man is earth's Choicemaker. He is by nature and nature's
God a creature of Choice - and of Criteria. His unique and
definitive characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the
natural foundation of his environments, institutions, and
respectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is oriented
to a Freedom whose roots are in the natural Order of the

an American Choicemaker

6:30 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

This can't be true. We've been told that the Americans made Saddam what he was. /sarcasm

6:46 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

Ibn Alrafidain, this morning I can smell freedom in you land. I can hardly wait for your next post!!

5:34 PM  
Blogger Patty-Jo said...

I have been following your writing, and learning so much. I wonder if there is speculation among Iraqis about the outcome of Saddam's trial.

8:59 AM  

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