Inside the Middle East
April 16, 2009
Posted: 1201 GMT

From Mohammed Tawfeeq

This Saddam Hussein mural is still standing in the remote area of al-Iskandariya town about 40 km south of Baghdad. Although it has been Six years since the fall of Saddam¹s regime, monuments and murals of the former dictator are still seen around the country.

Mohammed Tawfeeq. This defaced mural shows Saddam Hussein holding a gun and wearing his famous suit. April 13th 2009
Mohammed Tawfeeq. This defaced mural shows Saddam Hussein holding a gun and wearing his famous suit. April 13th 2009

Inhabitants of the area say that they wanted to destroy the mural years ago but the Iskandariya local municipality asked them to
keep it as is to remind people of the dictator's wrongdoing.

The mural may also be converted to honor religious figures such as Hakim and Sistani, as was done with the murals in Baghdad.

Mohammed Tawfeeq
Mohammed Tawfeeq

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Az Zaqqum   April 16th, 2009 3:05 pm ET

Why hasn't anyone done a story on the first book ever written on the Humor of Islam?

I wrote it based on authentic texts (hadith) and explain the absurdity of Muslims cabbies who fear dogs will upset angels to honour kiliings.

There has never been a book on the humor of Islam till now. Why? Read the book. I can send you a free copy or you can get one on Amazon.

The title; The Humor of'll die laughing. The title is a twist on sharia law that forbids laughing too much. My book goes into sharia and why they have such strange laws and where they came from. Most are totally un-Islamic.

I'm not a professional writer, just an apostate from birth to Islam. I do hope someone there takes the short amount of time to talk about the first book ever written on the humor of Islam.

Shurkran and salam

Gordon Buchmiller   April 16th, 2009 7:28 pm ET

Durrind WW11 to correct the problem of merchant ship losses to submarines, merchant ships were formed into convoys. It seems likely that if ships were formed into convoys at each of the area where piurates are creating the problems and were escorted by a single military vessel they would have safe passage. Pirates in row boats would be no prolblem even a small well armed naval vessel.

ralph   April 20th, 2009 12:59 pm ET

Obama must stop executing Bush doctrine in the Middle East. The United States must stop terrorizing the inhabitants of Iraq, while we wage our illegal war. By delaying the troop pullout from Iraq, Obama has frittered away what little credibility he once had. Does anyone remember "Bush lied, people died"? I guess Obama bombs are somehow righteous. NO BLOOD FOR OIL.

GLeigh   April 20th, 2009 4:57 pm ET

Ralph – never heard the – Bush lied, people died thing – before, but it does rhyme so cute. Beyond all the politics, the news shows regular, every day people, voting. Voting is a big deal. Use to it was rule by a cruel dictator, one willing to kill about anyone for anything. Some fanatics around will find this self rule power intimidating of course and try to stop it because they don't have it, and they might manage and put some other dictator or king in power. Who knows? There is oil, of course, which might be another reason they get attacked. It wasn't the reason for the this country, that would take a lot of sneaking to take oil so far..., but President Obama has the obligation to not desert the people who have sacrificed so much already to get to vote.

ralph   April 21st, 2009 1:52 pm ET

The only constitutional reason to use our military to invade another country is for the defense of the nation. Clearly, Iraq posed no real threat to our country. Iraq's military had been destroyed by the first Iraq

ralph   April 21st, 2009 1:57 pm ET

war and the no fly zones prevented any air attacks by that country on any US assets. Nobody truly believes that there were any weapons of mass destruction. So GLeigh, you apparently think that it is appropriate that we invade any country who has a tyranical regime. The list of countries that GLeigh thinks we need to invade is quite long. I hop you approve of a draft which includes men up to age 65, because that is the only way we can raise a large enough army to invade even a small number of these countries. It is not our job as Americans to inact regime change in sovereign nations at a whim. Obama does not have to abide by failed, and illegal(unconstitutional) Bush policies. It does not matter how long our troops are there, as soon as we pull out, it will be chaos, civil war, bloody purges, etc. That inevitable conclusion to Bush's debacle was guaranteed when the first boot hit the ground.

ralph   April 21st, 2009 2:00 pm ET

When it comes to Obama he is clearly just another politician, he will tell you what he wants to hear in order to get elected (like the Black Farmers association he abandoned) then do whatever he wants. Meet the new Boss, Same as the Old Boss-We just got fooled again. by the way, before anyone tries to label me a Republican, Racist Hate Monger, because I had the audacity to criticize The One, I am a Liberal Democrat.

GLeigh   April 21st, 2009 2:32 pm ET

Probazbly Iraq, at the time, had chemical and/or worse weapons. I'm certain that they were moved. The U.S. attack wasn't exactly quiet. Sometimes to keep from being knocked out by a punch, you have to hit first. My daddy taught me that many years ago, over thirty. We found nothing? Well, I have a cousin who was in Afghanistan many years ago who swears there were chemicals used. He might be wrong. Sleep well.

GLeigh   April 21st, 2009 2:34 pm ET

Did not this Sadam person use chemicals at some point in his own country? I just remembered reading something about it. Maybe not.

ralph   April 21st, 2009 5:48 pm ET

GLeigh, Yeah, he did, before we invaded Iraq during the first and only legal invasion of Iraq, at which point we decimated his military and weapons making abilities. I am sure that the same spy satellites which produced license plate numbers from vehicles saw everything else too. The fact is, Iraq was constantly being observed. Nothing moved that we did not know about and photograph. I don't know your daddy, but as a cop, I know its not legal to wind up and punch someone, just because they could possibly hit you someday, even though they did not threaten you. Lots of countries did lots of things "many years ago", and it does not mean you can go around invading them just because. The whole point was, our military should not be put into the position they are in now, policing Iraq. Let the Iraqis do it. Our soldiers have been through enough, and have done an outstanding job. In my opinion, their job is done, let the Iraqis take over the Police Detail of security. Obama should not perpetuate this improper use of the US Military, he is only enabling Iraq. Its time for Iraq to sink or swim. Nothing we do can make a difference in the end anyway, it is just going to devolve into the usual chaos it always was. That is what happens when colonial empires the British, French, etc. decide to carve up sovereign nations by drawing boundaries and giving them names. There is no such thing as Iraq historically, these different ethnic and religious factions will always disagree, and nobody can change that. Do you want to leave our soldiers there for the next 100 years?

Professor   April 22nd, 2009 3:27 pm ET


do you know who sold him these Chimical that he used against his people and against Iran?.... or that part was missing, i am sure, when you read about it... right?... LOL

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