During the first couple of days of the war in Iraq, I was following the progress of the war closely on-line and on NPR. I remembered my immense curiosity on what was happening from inside Iraq. Later when I came upon Where is Raed weblog, it moved me deeply. Salam illustrated vividly what happened to the ordinary Iraqis during the bombing and after. Still, I was thinking, someday someone from Saddam¡¯s camp would be writing a memoir detailing the other side of the story. I couldn¡¯t wait! I remembered German general¡¯s accounts of what had happened in the Hitler camp during WWII, so surely someday someone would come up with the full history of this war. Until then, all we knew were just half the story.
Today I read these from Where is Raed:
Thirty years of untold stories! I thought of Chairman Mao. What would he have told us if he was alive today? How many untold stories were forever lost when he passed away?
The untold stories would be so much valuable and intriguing then putting a bullet to Saddam’s head. All that information that probably only him alone knew. Why did he do what he did? What was his justification? Which kind of person is he, exactly? Wouldn¡¯t knowing that be so much more valuable than revenge? Or am I being too idealistic? He is, afterall, a dangerous man…