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December 18, 2004

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Saddam actually was an abused child. His father was a petty criminal who would beat his children with a bat of some sort coated in asphalt, according to Kenneth Pollack. This rubbed off on Saddam. As a kid, he would heat a metal rod until it was white hot, and then prod unfortunate passing animals (dogs, cats, etc.).

Profilers have shown that serial killers virtually all manifest at least two out of three hideous traits as children -- a fascination with fire, systematic cruelty to animals, and bedwetting beyond the normal age. I've always wondered if Saddam was a bedwetter.

It's an old tale. I imagine if you scratch any bloody tyrant you'll find at least two out of three.

"For many, his humiliation is their own.”

That is quite possibly the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I've been humiliated plenty of times, and I've never thrown a huge party to celebrate it. But that's what Baghdad was the day he was caught: city-wide euphoria, complete with people shooting their ak's into the air all night long and drunken celebrations. Stick Saddam in a cage on Market Street in Baghdad and see how much empathy the Iraqi people feel for him.

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