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Thursday, March 20, 2003


Was it Saddam? Was it today?
I wondered yesterday, late at night, when I really wanted to be in bed, whether or not the person speaking to the Iraqi people really was Saddam, or a body double. This has become widely speculated, and despite the fact that the CIA says it is him, many are still wondering. I can't see why the CIA would want the world to think Saddam was still alive when he's not--unless, of course, they are being extra careful, wanting to avoid any embarassment that would come with a false proclamation of death. But I'm still inclined to believe them, and the more I look at the picture, the more I think it really is him, in direct contrast to Andrew Sullivan. People can appear vastly different in different clothes, different settings, different lightings, and horrendously ugly glasses.

But I do wonder if it wasn't pre-recorded. As has been pointed out by others, he never gloats about outwitting America and avoiding death. He never even references the specific attack, but says
the reckless criminal little Bush and his accomplices committed his crime, with which he had threatened Iraq and humanity.

"He carried out his criminal act - with those who cooperated with him - and has added with his accomplices to the series of shameless crimes against Iraq and humanity a beginning of additional crimes." (emphasis mine)

The word "crime" would fit in absolutely every circumstance of US invasion, bar none. It would have been ridiculously easy to prerecord that tape to be played after any attack--whether Saddam was killed or not. That which Sullivan thinks makes this theory less likely, in my mind, make it moreso. Who's to say that Saddam isn't sneaky enough to dress up all disheveled, and pretend to have just written a speech, for this very purpose? We know he's crafty, so why not? He may not even be dead, just gone, or hiding. It's hard to say. It will be interesting to see if he makes another appearance tommorow (ie, late tonight).
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