Now you know

It seems like the war
between The United
States
and Iraq
has gone on forever. For the families that have relatives serving
in the military I know the wait has been brutal. Whether we agree
with the war or not, the support of our troops should be each
American’s priority. I’m sure the majority of Americans hate the
thought of war. I know that I do. Personally, I wish we could just
bury our head in the sand. I don’t always like reality and I sure
don’t like the ugliness that war seems to bring. However, there
comes a time when we as people have to step in and intervene
because it’s the right thing to do. About eight years ago the
United States invaded Iraq and toppled Saddam
Hussein’s
reign of terror in that country. During the
course of his power in Iraq, he constructed over 300 palaces
throughout his country, erected statues in his honor, and painted
murals and portraits of himself throughout the region. By the look
of things,I guess one could say he was full of himself. Although he
spent fortunes on palaces, luxuries, and a lavish lifestyle, the
dictator did another odd thing. Below is an
excerpt
from an email I subscribe to,
“Now I Know” by
Dan Lewis, that
chronicles one bizarre behavior by Hussein that I found very
intriguing. “For all of Hussein’s egotistical endeavors, perhaps
not were more outlandish than his copy of the Koran
written over the course of two years, using over two dozen pints of
his own blood. Hussein began work on the Koran in the late 1990s,
conscripting a nurse and a calligrapher to create the
now-controversial relic. Numbering 605 pages long, the security
around the book is significant. It remains in a vault behind three
locked doors. Each door’s key is held by a different person: one,
controlled by the head of Iraq’s Sunni Endowment Fund; another by
the Baghdad
police chief; and a third, by someone unknown to the public. The
reason for the security? A years-long debate as to whether to
destroy the book. The book’s fate is at debate for a number of
reasons. On the one hand, while ostensibly a holy
book
, most Sunni leaders believe that using blood as ink
is forbidden, and the book itself an affront to God; they fear
divine retribution for keeping it intact. Second, there is a
general unease about relics which aggrandize the status of Saddam,
as evidenced by the wholesale removal and destruction of his
statues. But on the other hand, as a former Iraqi national security
adviser points out, “[Saddam Hussein] was a
part of our history. He was a bad part of our history, but he made
a huge difference, whether we like it or not. We need not bury the
legacy of that period. We need to remember it, all what is bad and
what is good and learn lessons. And the most important lesson is
that dictatorship should not return to Iraq.” Personally, I hope
they do not destroy the book. Certainly not as an honor to him, but
because it is a part of history that needs to be remembered. I
agree with the comment that we need to remember the good and the
bad and the the lessons learned. It will be interesting to see how
this unfolds. If you enjoy interesting facts and would like to
follow Dan Lewis go to: http://dlewis.net/nik/ Today I am thankful
for history, so that we may learn not only from our mistakes, but
from the mistakes of others.

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