Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Size of Saddam's Ego - a local perspective
A morning DJ for a local FM station stated, with honest surprise that Iraq is full of statues of Saddam, some quite large. Based on that she concluded that he must have [had?] the biggest ego in the world. Did she ever see Mount Rushmore? I am not a big fan of Saddam, but really, what kind of Stalinist dictator would he be if he did not have a few thousand statues erected by the "grateful" people over two decades in power? Moreover, what can one say about an un-official requirement for every government official to have a portrait of the sitting president in their office? I guess our ego is just as large, but directed towards the institution of power, not its holder per se.


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