Saddam Hussein's private photo album

slide05.jpg The National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia has a rare collection of private photographs of Saddam Hussein, found when American troops invaded one of his farms in Tikrit. It shows the former Iraqi leader at birthday parties and family functions with his sons.

A slide-show essay on Saddam Hussein's private photo album (via Slate)


    1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. 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?

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