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Better Homes and gardens the London Sunday Times:
It has emerged that the former Iraqi dictator, who is about to go on trial, had two sumptuous homes in southern France. Instead of retreating into the rat hole in Iraq where American soldiers caught him, he may have been planning to retire in comfort to the Riviera like other discredited despots.The Counterterrorism Blog has more.
Saddam never visited either property but one, a white-walled, 12-bedroomed villa on a hill overlooking Cannes, was occasionally used for parties by Uday, his son, according to an Iraqi embassy spokesman in Paris. He said the government in Baghdad would keep the house, valued at ?8.5m, as a ?splendid investment?.
France?s strict privacy laws combined with the C?d?Azur?s comfortable climate have made it the bolthole of choice for dictators in retirement. Residents have included Mobutu Sese Seko, the Zairean dictator, and Jean-Claude ?Baby Doc? Duvalier of Haiti.
The dictator?s interest in the property probably dates from a visit he made to Provence in 1975, with President Jacques Chirac, then French prime minister. Saddam reciprocated by offering Chirac a banquet of barbecued Iraqi carp.
The visit resulted in a bonanza for French business, including a deal worth ?3 billion to supply Iraq with a nuclear reactor. It ended up being destroyed in a bombing raid by the Israelis in 1986.
(Via Mrs G's Dawn Patrol)
It's a good thing there wasn't a golf course there, or Republican lobbyists would have paid for a trip for Tom Delay to hit the links with old Saddy baby.Posted by Wilson Kolb at October 31, 2005 06:30 PM
How cool is it that on conservative websites, folks like Mr. Kolb can come, have their say, and not get "modded" (shouted) down? Try to express your view on kos or other lefty websites and you last a couple of minutes as they mod your comments into oblivion.
Kinda funny that the "tolerant" ones have a tendency to want to "tolerate" only those views that they agree with.
I would say that the right committment to allowing everyone their say is the one true sign that we hold the high ground.
Mr. Kolb, please continue your posts- we may disagree but the right is committed to allowing you to speak.Posted by Nope at October 31, 2005 10:46 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(2) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)