Saddam Hussein's private photo album


22 Responses to “Saddam Hussein's private photo album”

  1. TEKNA2007 says:

    Which of the men in this picture have seen Saddam Hussein holding a flame before?

  2. DarthVain says:

    I love how he is wearing a sidearm to cut cake.

    • Brainspore says:

      Apparently the soldiers who captured Saddam in 2003 presented the sidearm he was wearing at the time to George W. as a war trophy. I wonder if it was the same piece.

  3. Witteveen says:

    The commented slide show really is terrific stuff. So much turns my stomach, especially seeing his kids look so normal at times.

    • Brainspore says:

      So much turns my stomach, especially seeing his kids look so normal at times.

      If there’s anything that makes us more uncomfortable than knowing there are people out there that act like monsters it’s knowing that they have a lot in common with the rest of us.

  4. Marcel says:

    The spoils of war.

    Not equaly shared amongst the minions I notice.

  5. Boba Fett Diop says:

    Seriously? Who wears a pistol to a child’s birthday party…oh, right.

  6. jahknow says:

    A certain ‘Arrested Development’ comes to mind…. Saddam was so much nicer when he was our own little U.S. puppet. Not.

  7. Mr_Voodoo says:

    If Saddam doesn’t like the cake, the kid in back gets strangled.

  8. LeFunk says:

    It would seriously suck to be the birthday clown for that party.

  9. Teller says:

    The sidearm was family tradition. You make a wish then shoot the candles out.

  10. postjosh says:

    ok. why are we looking at this? the creepiest thing here is invading his privacy.

    • NicoNicoNico says:

      Exactly what I was thinking. He may have been a horrible person, but neither he or his family (especially his family) should have their privacy violated so publicly. Even if you feel he’s fair game, it’s not like his kids chose to be related to him.

  11. Nadreck says:

    At no time was Hussein ever even vaguely in the American sphere of influence nor was he helped to power by them. He was originally the No. 3 or 4 guy in the Iraqi Baathist party that overthrew the British puppet government in an armed revolution. The Baathists were/are a secular Arabic movement founded to oppose Western Imperialism and, particularly in the case of Iraq, for the nationalisation of the oil industry: not exactly your typical American agenda.

    You’re probably thinking of the Shah of Iran. This constant confusion is a pet peeve of mine as it highlights two annoying American misconceptions when talking about the region: an inability to separate Iran (with an “N”) and Iraq (with a “Q”); and an ingrained belief that nothing of any import can happen anywhere at any time without secret Yankee puppeteering.

  12. adamnvillani says:

    That’s Saddam’s son Uday standing behind his mother. He was such a vile character even his father found his behavior repulsive:

    The actual kid in this photo is Saddam’s nephew; I have no idea what he ended up like as an adult.

  13. Antinous / Moderator says:

    May I point out that the victors write history, sometimes in advance. Does it occur to anyone that Saddam Hussein’s personal atrocity history might be as reliable as, say, reports on WMDs in Iraq?

  14. Practical Archivist says:

    On my first day of work in the Prints & Photos division of the Library of Congress, we went around on a little introductory tour. I was more than a little freaked out when I met Kermit, since he was busy cataloging Himmler’s home photos.

  15. not_kevitivity says:

    The National Infantry Museum’s website rocks…

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