Wednesday, December 17
Leader who gambled lives and country for power

For more than 40 years he was a survivor thanks to luck, a rule based on a mixture of reward and terror and the sycophancy of aides

Andrew Cockburn, The Guardian, December 15, 2003

"Every Iraqi," Saddam Hussein once remarked to an Egyptian visitor, "feels inside him that he is a winner". After nearly a quarter of a century under Saddam's absolute rule, concluding with the present horrors of invasion and anarchy, most Iraqis may well be feeling that they have in fact drawn a losing ticket, but the description did fit at least one perennially optimistic Iraqi: Saddam himself.
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