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CJCRANE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 06:39 AM
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BBC: Nurse tells of 'gardener' Saddam
"Saddam Hussein watered weeds in a jail garden and drank coffee while smoking cigars to keep his blood pressure down, a US army nurse who cared for him says.

In an interview with a US newspaper, Master Sgt Robert Ellis provided a rare glimpse into the last years of Saddam Hussein, who was executed on Saturday."

"Sgt Ellis said Saddam Hussein once asked him why the US had invaded when "the laws in Iraq were fair and the weapons inspectors didn't find anything"."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6222159.stm



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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 06:44 AM
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1. coffee and cigars help keep blood pressure down?
:rofl:
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CJCRANE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 06:54 AM
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3. Bad grammar from the BBC!
I take it to mean he watered the flowers to keep his blood pressure down.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 08:28 AM
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4. No, Saddam really thought it was the cigars
Saddam told Ellis that cigars and coffee kept his blood pressure down, and it seemed to work. Saddam would insist that Ellis smoke with him.

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/16358570.htm
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jus_the_facts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 06:51 AM
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2. A letter written on 5 November by Saddam Hussein....
Edited on Mon Jan-01-07 06:53 AM by jus_the_facts
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6213119.stm

Key excerpts *snip*

"I have written this letter because the lawyers told me that the so-called criminal court - established and named by the invaders - will allow the so-called defendants the chance for a last word.

But that court and its chief judge did not give us the chance to say a word, and issued its verdict without explanation and read out the sentence - dictated by the invaders - without presenting the evidence.

I wanted the people to know this."


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bigluckyfeet Donating Member (559 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 05:31 PM
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5. I Believe Saddam
had more feelings than the monster in the white house
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