Yes, it’s been a while: sorry. I’m scheduled to return to home-base in Amsterdam next weekend, where I’ll have the wherewithal to crank EuroSavant production back up to its old levels. Plus, these days, my Polish has never been better! Naprawde! You’ll soon be seeing explicit evidence of that on this site.
In the meantime, how about another Uday Hussein horror story? This one was originally published in yesterday’s Sunday (London) Times, but the Sunday Times requires that people take out an on-line subscription for people to be able to read its material. But, if you read Dutch, you can get the same story in today’s Telegraaf.
Uday gooide rivalen voor de leeuwen is the article’s title: “Uday Threw His Rivals to the Lions.” Of course, we’re not speaking figuratively here. Stepping up to the press microphone now is one “Abu Ahmad” (a pseudonym; he’s still hiding in Iraq when he’s not talking to reporters), whose last-held post was that of a lieutenant-colonel of the Saddam Fedayeen, the black-clad unconventional fighters of the Baath regime, commanded by Uday himself. Specifically, he was in charge of “Unit 18,” the fedayeen personally available to Uday for his security – and for any other missions he might have in mind.
One of these was disposing of Uday’s rivals for the hands of lovely Iraqi lasses. Two nineteen-year-old students made that mistake, and so earned a trip to Uday’s lion farm for their pains. It was Abu Ahmed who was in charge of dragging them into the cage; he also was directed to stand outside of it and watch until things were all done. He offers more detailed recollections of the event, but I’ll save these for Dutch readers who really want to go to the Telegraaf’s website to read all about it.
Abu Ahmed also was once in charge of a mass beheading – 36 victims in all. This was in addition to the more trivial single- and double-beheadings that Uday would arrange, often ordering Abu Ahmed himself to personally carry them out. Interestingly, Uday did not like to witness such things live; he always had videotapes made, for his later viewing pleasure.
Of course, Uday is now gone, and good riddance. Clearly, the point is proven about what sort of person he was when he was alive; I promise to lay this topic to rest, and resume covering more weighty matters.
Except that it’s late July, going on August – what serious matters are out there? The Kelly affair in the UK? Lord Hutton is just getting started with his investigation; there may very well be interesting conclusions drawn, but only in time. The debate over the proposed European Constitution is asleep until the world goes back to work again in September (at least). Yes, there is the EuroStat scandal within the European bureacracy; I need to take a look at that to see just how relevant and interesting it really is. So it’s a difficult time of the year in any case, folks.