June 08, 2003

Do You Miss Saddam? Patrick

Do You Miss Saddam?

Patrick Tyler of (bien sur) the NYT found someone who does:

"But no one checked her five children, and she is now wondering why so many journalists keep coming to this village, named Al Mansiya, which means, "The Forgotten," but not doctors or aid workers to help the residents, whose food rations are almost exhausted.

It makes her think about Mr. Hussein.

"We are like a string of beads that has been cut, and all the beads are on the floor," she said. "We love the Americans, but we loved Saddam because he was our father. He was the tent over us he was the string in our beads."

I think Pat Tyler would have been able to dig up a few misty-eyed kulaks wondering why Uncle Joe was not riding herd a bit harder in pursuit of Soviet agricultural "reform" during the big, bad collectivization days.

UPDATE: My key NYT source calls in to inform me that Patrick Tyler is one of Howell's best friends and was being pushed for Washington bureau chief to much discomfort in the ranks. Check this story out too.

Posted by Gregory at June 8, 2003 11:34 AM
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