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    Default Iraqis Recall Golden Age

    An article about a past Iraqi leader -

    Discovery of ex-leader's body unleashes flood of memories and emotions.

    By Hussein Ali in Baghdad (ICR No. 75, 20-Jul-04)
    Amir Alawi, 46, burst into tears of joy when he heard that the body of former president Abd al-Kareem Qassem had been found.

    Killed in 1963 during a coup organised by members of the Baathist party, Qassem's body was recently discovered by a news team associated with Baghdad's Radio Dijla.

    "The Baath regime was bloody and criminal from the beginning. Saddam was a coward and he was afraid of the dead, so he hid the tomb of al-Zaeem, the leader," Alawi told IWPR.

    Saddam was outside Iraq when the coup overthrew Qassem, and he did not rise to power for another five years. And - if recently released testimony is to be believed - his regime did not even know where its former nemesis was buried.

    Alawi's statements underline the feelings of many Iraqis - particularly those persecuted under Saddam - that the former president was a martyr to Baathist brutality.

    For many Iraqis - especially the poor - Qassem's short-lived regime was a golden age, the first time they had a president who cared about them.....
    Hussein Ali is an IWPR trainee.
    Last edited by Jedburgh; 10-30-2007 at 08:07 PM. Reason: Edited for content.


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