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http://english.pravda.ru/allnews_en.html

Hussein goes insane
02/24/2004 16:12
Saddam Hussein, who is currently being held captive by the Americans, is slowly going insane. This has been reported by Arab newspaper "Elaf" with a reference to members of the Red Cross organization.

Saddam's physical condition is almost perfect. He is decently treated and well fed. However, not so long ago, one could read a completely different account of Hussein's captivity.

Saddam started to have mental problems. At times, he would suddenly start mumbling something irrational. Afterwards, he would sit in total silence, without uttering a single word. Doctors assume that the Iraqi leader used to consume a lot of alcohol or used drugs in the past. At the same time, the symptoms could have been caused by his far from young age as well as death of his sons.


Hussein has several photographs of Udai and Kusai (his sons) in his cell. Interestingly, a portrait of Gerge W. Bush of an unknown origin also neatly hangs on the wall. This fact can be interpreted as another evidence of Hussein"s insanity. Had he been well, the former Iraqi leader would not have hung a picture of his enemy. And in case the portrait had been hung by someone other than Hussein, perhaps, the captive has gone crazy as a result of constantly staring at Bush' intellectual face.

In the meantime, according to a recently conducted poll, nearly 70% of Americans in the US support the idea of public broadcast of Saddam's execution. 21% of Americans are even willing to pay for watching Osama bin Laden being executed. Another 11% would like to enjoy watching the last moments of Hussein"s life. So there you have it, a democratic society with experience.


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Going insane? Who would of thunk it. ;)
 

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Well, does seem to me that poor old Saddam has had a tough couple of years, wouldn't surprise me much if he went over the edge. Be interesting to see if his competence to stand trial becomes an issue.
 

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Ya they will want to make sure he is sane before they stretch his neck.
 

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Dzerzhinsky said:
Well, does seem to me that poor old Saddam has had a tough couple of years, wouldn't surprise me much if he went over the edge. Be interesting to see if his competence to stand trial becomes an issue.
You believe Pravda?
 

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You believe Pravda?
Of course! "Pravda" is Russian for "truth".

They wouldn't print it if it wasn't true.
 

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I guess you can only get away with these laughers when there are few alternative sources of news.

Sort of like how it used to be when there were only the 3 propaganda outlets of CBS, NBC and ABC.
 

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Smeg, I'm surprised, you also read granma.....

On the Saddam issue; I don't think being incompetent to stand trial would make much difference to the Iraqi people.
 

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From Gun Owners of America...
Cuba: Lessons in gun control and medicine
By Larry Pratt

December 15, 2004

If we are willing, we can learn much from the experiences of others. Or, as it has been said in the negative: "Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it."

A look at the history of Cuba should make us run screaming in terror from anything smacking of socialism. Brain surgeon Miguel Faria has laid it all out for those who will check out his book, Cuba in Revolution.

Faria is a refugee from Fidel Castro's socialist "paradise." He still has family trapped inside that socialist island prison - a prison that has imposed draconian gun controls throughout the island. Any prison will attempt to achieve total control of guns, and restrict their possession to just the guards. Well, it turns out that the most effective tool for gun control in Cuba is the poverty spawned by socialism. Nobody can afford a gun.

Communist Cuba offers an interesting parallel to Nazi Germany. Both Hitler's Germany and Castro's Cuba were preceded by regimes that imposed gun control to keep guns out of the wrong hands. In both cases, gun control failed to keep the bad guys from getting all the guns they wanted, and using them to consolidate their grip on power following seizure of the reins of government.

Hitler took several years to disarm the population, using gun registration lists, but Castro moved against private gun ownership the second day he was in power. He sent his thugs throughout the island using the gun registry lists - compiled by the preceding Batista regime - to confiscate the people's firearms. Different tactics, same objective. A defenseless people don't give the all-wise leader any lip.

Another parallel between Cuba and Nazi Germany is the prostitution of psychiatry. Psychiatrists were willing tools of the Nazi regime to "diagnose" opponents as mentally ill. Cuba is no different. And, the mental hospitals are horror chambers, where victims of the Castro thugocracy are drugged into submission. Alternately, they are electro-shocked into compliance.

Lest we think America is immune from psychiatry's willingness to pursue a political agenda in the name of science, we should recall the University of California at Berkeley study earlier this year. A number of psychiatrists concluded that they had identified the personality type that adequately described both Hitler and Ronald Reagan.

Medicine beyond the field of psychiatry has not been immune from practicing politics instead of medicine. Medical journals have been filled with gun control opinion masquerading as science. We can thank Dr. Faria for having coaxed the very politically correct Centers for Disease Control (CDC) into doing a review of the literature on gun control. This led to one of their first honest moments - they concluded that there was no evidence that gun control has ever worked in the United States.

As we know from the crime data, gun control actually accompanies higher crime rates, and empowering citizens to carry guns on the street actually lowers crime. We wish Dr. Faria success in getting the CDC to take the next step - and recognize this. After that, we can hope he will get the psychiatrists to admit that one has to be crazy to take their political opinions seriously.
 

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Good post on Cuba, Custer. The comments with regard to psychiatry and social control is spot-on. Alas, I see it among a few of the more maniacal conservatives, who would like to define liberalism as a mental disorder and among those who would like to define homosexuality as a mental disorder.

I sometimes wonder what would have happened had Cienfuegos lived (he, Che Guevera, and Castro were the Big 3 of the Cuban revolution; Cienfuegos died in a plane crash shortly after the Revolution had been won), wonder if the Revolution would not have been betrayed. When the Cubans tossed Batista out, I don't think they had in mind trading him in for a military dictatorship.

With the demise of the Soviet Union, Radio Moscow no longer provides good entertaining Stalinist propaganda. Radio China really never did even before it began its transition from a communist state to a fascist state - it's always had rather tedious cultural programs. But Radio Havana Cuba remains a great source of strident inadvertently-campy propaganda.

When I was in Cuba I was taken by how hard it is to get a newspaper. The most readily-available one is Granma International, and it sucks. If you'll peruse the link I provided you'll find that the articles fall within two categories: A few inadvertently-amusing articles (such as the one about the 5 Cuban spies that we are supposed to believe are actually political prisoners whose valiant war against terrorism was stopped by the thuggish American government) and a great number of really boring ones.

Say, anyone have links to any good amusing English-language propaganda sites? Granma International is the best I can do, and it's none too good.
 

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Well, about the only country in the world that still runs anti-American propaganda is Cuba. They do have several on-line publications I have been able to find, unfortunetly most are in Spanish only.

Funny you guys should bring out the facts about using psychiatric procedures to subdue anticommunists in Cuba. At the present time I am working with a doctor who used to work in one of those places, he knew about it, even though he was never personally related to any such case.
 

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aviator said:
...Funny you guys should bring out the facts about using psychiatric procedures to subdue anticommunists in Cuba...
Actually, I hadn't known of Cuban use of psychiatry to attain social and political control, but it would have surprised me if they hadn't: The Soviet Union was notorious for it, and Cuba was a client state of the Soviet Union until the latter dissolved.

Kinda funny when you come to think of it: It was only with the dissolution of the Soviet Union that Cuba attained real independence. Until then the country had been subject to colonial rule by the Spanish, neocolonial rule by the Americans, and neocolonial rule by the Soviets.
 

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Dzerzhinsky said:
Kinda funny when you come to think of it: It was only with the dissolution of the Soviet Union that Cuba attained real independence. Until then the country had been subject to colonial rule by the Spanish, neocolonial rule by the Americans, and neocolonial rule by the Soviets.
Gimme a break! you know damn well that Cuba was independent back on 1902, just that as many other countries they had business with US, it was not a neocolony of the US, as a matter of facts, and I have said this before, the Cuban Peso at one time was quoted higher than the US Dollar, no neocolony that I know of ever accomplished that.

But by whatever name you wish to call it, life was better under all systems prior to 1959.

And yes, it is a known fact that Castro has used mind twisting methods on dissidents. I have a cousin who was tortured while in jail, he is on his death bed now, but upon his arrival to the states I was able to debrief him on his 20 year vacation.
 

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Actually, aviator, Cuba did have a brief period of freedom from American neocolonialism somewhere in the period between 1902 and 1959, but I forget just when it was. But overall they had problems with American control of their economy and of their politics, largely as the result not of any mean-spiritedness on the part of the Americans (colonialism can be benign, you know) but as the result of Cuba's unfortunate single-crop economy which makes it beholden to whoever controls the sugar market.

And I would not say that life was better for all prior to 1959. I would say that it certainly was better for the middle class and the rich prior to 1959, but prior to 1959 it really really sucked for the poor. National pride I should think would have been at a low point during the latter years of the Batista regime as well, since the Mob and Batista were making Cuba the whorehouse and gambling joint of the Carribbean. Anyway, with a single-crop economy and that crop providing for only seasonal labor, Cuba has always had a problem with lotsa poor folks.

That pervasive problem of a single crop economy, BTW, has not been resolved by the commies, either. Gambling has been illegal since the Revolution, and while prostitution had a resurgence after the Soviets split it's pretty much suppressed now.

When I was in Cuba a fellow who had served as a runner for the revolutionaries (he was a teenager then) and who had become a communist and proud of it [he was working as a gardener when I met him] put it best: "Before the Revolution we had nothing. Now we don't have much, but we all have something."

It'd be nice if they had freedom, too, though.

Alas, most of the Cubans who opposed Batista and who also opposed Castro were slaughtered at the Bay of Pigs.

*Although the way this was done was typically Castroist: The Army simply rounded up anyone who looked like a prostitute and interned them in a labor camp.
 

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Dzerz, You have been brainwashed my friend, Do you forget who you are talking to? I am a real Cuban who caught what was left of a good, advanced society before the Castro's so called "Revolution".

True, the poor had a rought time in Cuba, but they seem to have a rough time in every country of the world for that matter.

Single crop?....that's what Castro has implanted in people's mind for over 40 years of totalitarian control. Not true. Sugar crops was always the major one, but we had the best tobbacco, coffee and the island was self sufficient as far as dairy products, vegetables and other commodities such as nickel and copper minning.

New car dealerships flourished in Cuba, real estate market was on the uprise, Hotel industry was constantly expanding, International banks had representation in the island, Woolworth, Sears, as well as European name stores had a presence in the country, the Cuban Peso was worth a few cents higher than the US Dollar and you didn't have to be upper class to enjoy a decent life in the island.

Yes Batista's second term in office (after the cup) was bad, politically bad, not economically bad that's why Castro and his group enjoyed overwhelming support at first. .
 

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Aviator, I've always enjoyed re-fighting the Cuban Revolution with you.

I dunno about my take on Cuba's reliance upon a single-crop economy being the result of brainwashing - if it was, it was the result of brainwashing from the right. Alas, I've forgotten the name of the book, but that came from a book critical of Castro; I hadn't put it together myself. Anyway, the book lay many of Cuba's problems at the door of over-reliance upon a single-crop economy and blamed Castro its continuation, citing his making Cuba a client-state of the Soviet Union to get a market for Cuban sugar instead of expanding the country's economic base. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Castro's been trying to broaden it to include tourism.

Regarding Batista, no, sorry, one need not have commie sympathies to consider him a despicable and greedy tyrant. Please note that the expatriat Cubans who invaded the Bay of Pigs were screened by the CIA - anyone who had supported Batista wasn't invited to the party.
 
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