That Saddam Hussein likened himself to Saladin, the Muslim military leader who united the fractured Arab polities long enough to expel the Crusaders from the Holy Land, is surely one of the specimens of totalitarian propaganda worth remembering. That Saladin was a Kurd seemed not to bother the dictator at all.
From time to time, I check in on Kurdish Media, an English and Kurdish language Website. I found this commentary, entitled Who Won't Be Making Jokes About WMD, particularly interesting. Obviously, those who won't be making jokes are the Kurds themselves -- those killed, and those who survived both WMD and Saddam's reign of terror:
"The Kurds have no friend but the Mountain" is a piece of aging Kurdish wisdom. And while the mass gassings and other slaughter of this people is treated as "yesterday’s news" by too much of the rest of the world, all the current hype about whether or not Adolph--er Saddam--Hussein had/has weapons of mass destruction brings their tragic story back onto center stage...or at least should.
I recommend reading the whole piece.Posted by Ideofact at July 20, 2003 11:57 PM