posted on Aug, 15 2012 @ 02:31 PM
Did you ever wonder what the story was behind where Saddam was located? I sure did at the time and I'll bet many others as well. I know the
information on it was very slim ... until now. It seems the man who owns the house Saddam was taking shelter at decided to speak and share some
thoughts. I found this interesting and figured others would as well.
DAWR, Iraq — Alaa Namiq doesn’t want to talk about it. Or he’s dying to. It’s hard to tell. One minute he’s shaking his head, stone
silent. Then he starts bragging about it and he won’t stop talking.
“I dug the hole for him,” he says, his eyes burning with pride.
“The hole,” known to the world as the “spider hole,” is the tiny underground bunker on Namiq’s farm where former Iraqi dictator Saddam
Hussein was captured by U.S. soldiers on Dec. 13, 2003.
“He came here and he asked us for help and I said yes,” says Namiq, 41, wearing a long, white dishdasha robe. “He said, ‘You might be
captured and tortured.’ But in our Arab tribal tradition, and by Islamic law, when someone needs help, we help him.”
Sounds like Saddam was running pretty hard by that point. It sure isn't how I had imagined he'd be while listening to the reports of efforts to find
him. I imagined he'd have had some bunker or facility planned for himself well in advance. Odd duck he was, all the way around.
Namiq says he and Qais were arrested along with Hussein, and then spent a miserable six months in Abu Ghraib prison. Once a driver and an aide to
the former president, he has spent the last few years driving a taxi, finally saving enough to open his family restaurant a few weeks ago.
Ahh... That would seem to explain not only why there was 0 info from anyone .. even leaks..at the time but why Saddam chose this guy of all the people
around. Not a random choice at all.
“Saddam knew there would be a day that he would be captured and executed,” Namiq says. “In his heart, he knew that everything was gone and
that he was no longer president. So he started something new — jihad against the occupiers. He sacrificed everything he had, including his two sons,
for the sake of the country.”
Namiq says that when he was held at Abu Ghraib, U.S. soldiers — including a female interrogator who told him he looked like actor Tom Selleck —
questioned him daily about weapons of mass destruction and the hiding places of top aides to
(I'd note this is another LONG article at the source and well worth going back to read. There is much more detail between these quotes.)
It sounds like at the end, he'd realized what was coming and how it had to go. I don't feel sympathy for Saddam and I never will. I never can. I
wish he'd made the realization this talks about in his fatalistic attitude much sooner and perhaps ...short circuited so much that came.
Regardless though, this story seemed to fill in a great many blanks I had about that whole segment of the war and what happened. I thought others must
be just as curious about the rest of the story.