Grandiose Delusions: Saddam Hussein's Pathetic State

He pleaded Not Guilty.

Is it a concern for his image in the middle east? Or, is it mere deception?

It appears that it's going to be a very entertaining trial. The BBC correspondent claims that it was clearly a battle for control. Hussein states: "I preserve my constitutional rights as the president of Iraq. I do not recognise the body that has authorised you and I don't recognise this aggression."

He went on to say that he does not recognize the unjust authority of the court. And, as icing on the cake, he made a big deal of walking out alone during one of the breaks.

Wow, what a display of power! What a statement! How intimidating! Uh, NOT! This whole things is very silly. His drama and display of what he may think is power does not prevent him from sleeping in a jail cell every night. The fact that he walks out on his own during a break does not change the fact that he is the dethroned president of Iraq. The fact that he does not acknowledge the authority of the court does not nullify the process of the ratification of an Iraqi constitution!

His battle for 'control' in the courtroom means nothing to the men and women who went to the polls in Iraq. Whether it is a concern for public opinion or mere arrogance and grandiose delusions of himself, Iraqis no longer have to endure the hell of the torture, rape chambers and mass graves.

I don't care what authority he thinks he has, how rude he behaves or who he disrespects in court right now. We can all see very clearly that this 'emperor' is naked!


At 10/19/2005 11:03:00 PM, Anonymous GJ said...

I don't think that it is purely deception or just a concern for his image. From a psychological standpoint, this is a man who is used to being in control. He ran a country for goodness sakes; what he says usually goes. And now he has nothing. (Not that I am shedding any tears for him.) So Saddam must, for his own sanity, preserve every opportunity to exercise some form of control over whatever life he still has left. Even if it means something as little as walking out of the courtroom by himself. For a man who has literally lost his entire identity from his former life, this is all he can muster.

At 10/20/2005 12:00:00 AM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

He will try and grandstand, and he will garner some sympathy from those who are loyal to him. The majority though will watch him be convicted and executed, and they will breathe a huge sigh of relief when he is gone, and they will celebrate.

At 10/20/2005 12:59:00 AM, Blogger John Schroeder said...


He left reality a long time ago. I find it pointless to look for reason of any sort from someone that has not the slightest idea what "reason" is.

The sooner he is executed, the better.

At 10/20/2005 01:21:00 AM, Blogger Cabe said...

The Butcher of Saghdad...Lol


At 10/20/2005 02:46:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

This is pure unadulterated arrogance, nothing more. It is the same attitude that makes otherwise intellugent people absolutely refuse to change their viewpoint about things even when they are proven completely wrong.

At 10/20/2005 05:01:00 AM, Anonymous aj4runner said...

Before Saddam was discovered in his 'spider' hole our local radio talk show host Mike Rosen here on 850am KOA was talking about the potential capture of the Iraqi dictator and/or Osama Bin Laden. I called into that show and stated that if I was the Special Ops soldier who made the first contact in the operation to apprehend either one I would shoot first and ask questions later.

Not dropping a hand grenade down that 'spider' hole first has allowed Saddam to extend his influence just a little longer with former regime members and given them hope as they try to undermine the new Iraqi government and our mission in Iraq. These evil doers (as President Bush refers to them) no doubt believe that as long as Saddam is alive that there is a chance he will somehow be returned to power.

IMHO, allowing him to live and stand trial has been too costly for the men and women of our military, our coalition partners and the Iraqi people themselves. It has definitely cost more lives of our brave soldiers in Iraq than necessary.

Anyway, we are where we are and at least the Iraqi tribunal setup to prosecute Saddam appears to have the backbone to try him expeditiously and sentence him to his rightful place in history. I can't even imagine the emotional outpooring and sense of relief from the Iraqi people once Saddam no longer exists on this earth. And then the fine men and women of the USA military can start the process of returning home.

At 10/20/2005 06:16:00 AM, Blogger Stan said...

"Not dropping a hand grenade down that 'spider' hole first has allowed Saddam to extend his influence just a little longer... allowing him to live and stand trial has been too costly for the men and women of our military...cost more lives of our brave soldiers in Iraq than necessary."

Just what I probably would have done, and a very pragmatic approach if I may say. But it is unAmerican. It is nice once and a while to try and adhere to our principles on which this country was founded -especially in high profile circumstances. That is why America is so great and so frustrating, because it is a nation founded on good principles, and not pragmatism.

At 10/20/2005 06:24:00 AM, Blogger Poison Pero said...

The guy thought he was the reincarnation of Sargon the Great......There's no way his mind can fathom the reality of what's going to happen soon

Here's hoping the Iraqi's get a chance to do a "Mussolini" with this POS!

At 10/20/2005 02:41:00 PM, Anonymous GJ said...

"Not dropping a hand grenade down that 'spider' hole first has allowed Saddam to extend his influence just a little longer with former regime members and given them hope as they try to undermine the new Iraqi government and our mission in Iraq. "

It may have. However, besides being "un-American," what message would it have sent to a new and fledgling democracy that is trying to build a fair and just judicial system? It would have been hypocritical of Americans to execute him without a trial. And whatever the situation is, two wrongs do not make a right.

At 10/20/2005 04:16:00 PM, Anonymous sleep-deprived said...

john schroeder said EXACTLY what I've been thinking about all this. However, I'm a little conflicted about the timing of his execution. While I don't think facing ALL his accusers will make Saddam anymore remorseful - or put him in touch with reality, I do think there may be value for those (MANY) bringing accusations in allowing them to bring their accusations face-to-face. But the conflict for me - there are SO MANY, why should Saddam get any extra reprieve of time?

At 10/21/2005 02:41:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

gj: welcome! that's overdue; i saw you'd commented on the relationship question a few days ago...

good point! although i would argue that it is far too late to try to preserve his sanity, i agree that--for him--it's all he can do.

jamie and john: yes, amen! it's true. by the way, john, welcome! good to have you here :)

sleep-deprived: welcome to you too! i have to confess, though, that i feel a little sleepy whenever i see you've stopped by :) get some rest!

At 10/21/2005 03:30:00 AM, Anonymous sleep-deprived said...

Hi Lores,

I hope the sleepiness you're experiencing is just from my name and not a product of reading my post!

P.S. glad you stopped by last week :)

At 10/21/2005 03:35:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

sleep-deprived: your posts are excellent. and, i did wonder whether that was you. i'm so honored that you are now commenting here :)

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