Even on the run, Hussein has Iraqis under his 'spell'

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In summary, as US forces entered Baghdad and searched for wanted Iraqis, Saddam Hussein, known as the Ace of Spades, seemed to disappear with the help of a magic stone that protects him from harm. Despite the belief of many Iraqis that he will never be found, the speaker predicts that the US will capture him within a month.
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"BAGHDAD – As US forces rolled into Baghdad, Saddam Hussein, the Ace of Spades in the US Army's deck of cards of wanted Iraqis, did a spectacular vanishing act. Many Iraqis believe their former leader, a lifelong dabbler in the occult, will never be found by coalition troops scouring the country. His trick, they say, is a magic stone that protects him from harm."

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"never be found" eh? I'm going to go out on a limb here and make a prediction - within one month the US will capture Saddam Hussein.
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It is not surprising that some Iraqis still believe in Saddam Hussein's supposed magical powers, given his history of using fear and manipulation to maintain control over the population. However, it is important to remember that he is a wanted war criminal and should be held accountable for his actions, regardless of any perceived supernatural abilities. The fact that he is on the run and has evaded capture for so long is a testament to the determination and resources of the coalition forces, and it is only a matter of time before he is brought to justice. His "spell" over the Iraqi people will eventually be broken, and they will be able to move forward without the shadow of his tyrannical rule.

1. What does it mean for Hussein to have Iraqis under his 'spell'?

This phrase is often used to describe the strong influence and control that Saddam Hussein had over the people of Iraq during his dictatorship. It suggests that he was able to manipulate and sway the thoughts and actions of the Iraqi people.

2. How did Hussein maintain his 'spell' over the Iraqi people?

Hussein used a combination of fear, propaganda, and manipulation to maintain his power and control over the people of Iraq. He used violence and oppression to silence any opposition and used media and education to spread his own ideologies and beliefs.

3. Did all Iraqis believe in Hussein's 'spell'?

No, there were certainly Iraqis who opposed Hussein and his regime. However, due to the strict control and suppression of dissent, these individuals were often unable to openly express their views or organize against him.

4. How did Hussein's 'spell' impact the Iraqi society?

Hussein's 'spell' had a profound impact on Iraqi society, as it created a culture of fear, censorship, and blind obedience to his rule. It also led to widespread human rights abuses and a lack of political and social freedom for the Iraqi people.

5. Is it common for dictators to have such a strong 'spell' over their people?

While not all dictators have the same level of control and influence over their people, it is not uncommon for authoritarian leaders to use tactics similar to Hussein's to maintain power. The use of fear, propaganda, and manipulation is often seen in dictatorial regimes around the world.

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