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Not OK Oday

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Submitted by Chas. Dahlin (United States), Feb 15, 2003 at 15:53

I sent a friend of mine a news story on Oday. He worked as a teacher in Iraq. His assignment ended in July of 1990 and he left. He has been teaching in Korea since then. I tell him " Don't leave. Look what happened last time. here is his reaction to the Oday article I emailed him:

To answer the question in a nutshell -- yes, Oday is more brutal, but both he and his father are vicious, barbaric, psychopathic killers. Oday is definitely not Okay. I remember him at the disco in Baghdad. We teachers from the int'l school wanted to dance one night. So we went downtown. We were stopped at the entrance to the disco and searched thoroughly before being allowed to enter. There were armed police, military, and plainsclothes men everywhere. We were told it was because Oday was inside. Once inside, we were privy to a scene right out of the Middle Ages. The prince (Oday) and his minions chased prostitutes in and out of the toilets all night. They brought their own cases of Johnnie Walker Black. Oday espied one of my students, a fetching Arab beauty. He insisted she join him in his special roped-off area of the disco. She had no choice but to sit on his lap as he petted her all over. He made her promise to visit him at the palace before letting her return to our table. It was bizarre, to say the least. You could see the corruption and the misuse of power oozing all over the joint. I'll never forget it: perhaps I should write it up soon.

Personally, I believe the US should go it alone dealing with Iraq, even if the Brits and Aussies pull out at the last minute. There's not gonna be a resolution authorizing force from the weakly UN, and the tweeky Euros; so, the US should go ahead. Isn't that what a hyperpower must do? In the end, everything will work out better than all the skeptics would ever imagine.

The more difficult dilemma is the Korean problem, which remains to be dealt with after the Iraqi problem.

Your friend, Joe
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