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Monday, July 26, 2004

Saddam Update...

Saddam Hussein...Some people even forget that he was the target of the current conflict...or was it those "weapons of mass destruction"..

Anyway, not one to forget a fallen dictator I must say that the former ruler of Iraq is apparently in good health as he gardens and munches on muffins and cookies every day.

Like the other high-value detainees, Saddam's day begins with a substantial breakfast, an MRE (meal ready to eat), which provides 1,300 calories. He also gets hot food twice a day, which could consist of rice or potato and broccoli, along with either fish, beef or chicken. For dessert, there might be oranges, apples, pears or plums, but the former leader has developed a penchant for American snacks such as muffins and cookies.

There is regular access to showers and a barber, and a personal grooming kit that includes soaps, toothpaste, comb, shampoo and deodorant, and plastic sandals.

For relaxation there are no newspapers, TV or radio, but there are 145 books - mainly novels and travel books - donated by the Red Cross, which visits the detainees every six weeks.
 
Most inmates in America would love to be so punished. I never saw any of the people in Oz allowed to have gardens.

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