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India’s “Saddam” Village

Posted in foreign policy, India, iraq, Iraq War, personality cults, saddam hussein, USA by Curtis on 1/9/07

One of the most interesting and disconcerting news stories I have heard in quite a while. The secondary effects of the maladroit hypocrisy of U.S. foreign policy could not be made more acutely and bizarrely manifest.

The BBC reports:

It is a typical nondescript village – like many others – in the northern Indian state of Bihar.

It consists of unplastered brick houses, dusty lanes, thatched structures and dirt-laden children with no shoes and running noses.

There appears to be little running water or other infrastructure.

But there is one thing about the village of Lakhanow – and other settlements in the area – that makes them strikingly different.

Ejaj Alam – a small-time civil contractor in his mid-30s – provides the answer: he has decided to re-name his three-year-old son.

Instead of being called Majhar Alam, Mr Alam has opted to call the boy Saddam Hussein in honour of the former Iraqi leader who was executed on 30 December.

What is more, the child will not be the only Saddam Hussein in the neighbourhood. There are more than 20 other Saddam Husseins in Lakhanow alone…

“This is our way to pay tribute to our leader. We want to carry on his legacy here at least in our village,” said Ejaj Alam.

“God willing one day our village will be full of Saddam Husseins.”

Other villagers feel equally passionate about the issue.

“George Bush can hang one Saddam Hussein but we will create an army of Saddam Husseins. Let him come to our village and see how Saddam Hussein can never be executed,” local leader Ayub Khan said.


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  1. Sean Wilson said, on 1/11/07 at 4:40 pm

    It’s certainly an interesting tidbit of news, but I’m not sure it means anything in the grand scheme of things. It’s certainly not disconcerting at all, except perhaps to the kids who live in the village and will have frustrations shouting, “No, not you Saddam. You. No, not you Saddam, him. No, the Saddam behind you Saddam.”

    As to any hypocrisy of American foreign policy, I would reply, “Show me a nation who’s foreign policy can’t be construed as hypocritical.”

  2. Curtis said, on 1/13/07 at 5:57 pm

    And I would reply that two wrongs do not make one right, that hypocrisy in Chinese foreign policy obviously does not negate or excuse the same in American foreign policy.

    Thanks for your comment!

  3. Jim Castellaneta said, on 1/18/07 at 1:43 am

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