posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 03:13 PM
He's not doing this purely to be faithful to his religion, IMO i believe he's trying to 'score points' with the outside world by releasing
hostages so he comes across as being compassionate.
If he was a compassionate man he would've done this from the start, it's strange though how these journalists are being abducted, then by Muqtadr Al
Sadr's (not sure if i got it right) request they are released. I'm not saying this is a fact, but it is possible that the abductions are
deliberately staged by him personally, so after a while he let's them go in order to try and come across as someone who's a 'true compassionate
You have to remember that there isn't a 'media' blackout under Saddam anymore, which is what's happening in North Korea. That the people there
will be able to watch satellite television and especially channels such as CNN and any other western news service/channel. So because of a wider
accessibility to foreign media, and the fact he knows that anything that happens in Iraq will always get printed in Western newspapers or reported in
Western News Services.
He may also be aware that the war in Iraq was very unpopular among Western countries and especially it's people. So he'll be more sensitive to how
he's being perceived in the West, so really my opinion's that these recents acts of 'compassion' are not more than PR stunts just to try and alter
our view of him and to gain popularity among other countries.