File this one under “cry me a damn river“.
WASHINGTON—Immediately after U.S. troops captured Saddam Hussein in 2003, Iraq’s brutal ex-dictator turned into a crybaby over “beatings” by a “detention gang” and sleepless nights amid screams of torture victims.
Saddam poured out his complaints “to whom it may concern” in two Christmas 2003 letters, handwritten in Arabic, which he gave to his U.S. military jailers, the Daily News has learned.
In one letter, he alleged “beatings that I have received following my capture,” in which “not a single part of my body was spared of the severe harm that was inflicted by the detention gang,” adding, “some of the traces are still visible on my body.”
The tyrant and his family, who maintained their 24-year reign over Iraq by torturing and executing thousands, complained that his lockup—believed to be at Baghdad International Airport—was an American-made chamber of horrors.
“My opportunity to sleep in this place is limited and almost scarce,” Saddam wrote. “I don’t think there is anyone with a sensitive and humanitarian heart who can sleep amidst the screams of the tortured and the many blows of the doors and the squeaking sounds of the chairs.”
Saddam whined that his “total hours of sleep did not exceed four to five hours.”
Before you jump to conclusions and start calling me a blood thirsty barbarian, let me remind you of some of the horrendous acts Saddam committed (scroll down toward the bottom of the article for more details). This a man who gassed thousands of his own people, tortured people to death (real torture, not Guantanamo Bay’s so-called “torture”), tied people’s hands behind their back and shoved them off buildings, cut off limbs, fed people alive into large grinders, and raped women in front of their husbands and family. (I’m sorry, but I am not linking to any proof of this stuff. It’s vile and disgusting and I will not have it on my site.)
Forget the WMDs. Getting rid of Saddam and liberating millions of people is reason enough.