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Did "Baghdad Bob" commit suicide?(12 posts)

Did "Baghdad Bob" commit suicide?ClydeTri
Apr 17, 2003 7:11 AM
even if he did, he would deny it nmDougSloan
Apr 17, 2003 7:15 AM
ROFL :O) nmLive Steam
Apr 17, 2003 2:27 PM
if he did, i figure he had some help(nm)rufus
Apr 17, 2003 7:41 AM
Heh, prolly choked on all that crow he was eating...nmasphalt assault
Apr 17, 2003 8:38 AM
Now an offical "Spin Doctor" consultant in the U.S. (nm)js5280
Apr 17, 2003 9:29 AM
Now in the DNC payroll (nm)Live Steam
Apr 17, 2003 2:28 PM
There was something lovable about him :O)Live Steam
Apr 17, 2003 2:46 PM
Just a few of the memorable words uttered by the Minister of MisInformation!


"There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!"

"My feelings - as usual - we will slaughter them all"

"Our initial assessment is that they will all die"

"I blame Al-Jazeera - they are marketing for the Americans!"

"God will roast their stomachs in hell at the hands of Iraqis."

"They're coming to surrender or be burned in their tanks."

"No I am not scared, and neither should you be!"

"Be assured. Baghdad is safe, protected"

"Who are in control, they are not in control of anything - they don't even control themselves!"

"We are not afraid of the Americans. Allah has condemned them. They are stupid. They are stupid" (dramatic pause) "and they are condemned."

"The Americans, they always depend on a method what I call ... stupid, silly. All I ask is check yourself. Do not in fact repeat their lies."

"I can say, and I am responsible for what I am saying, that they have
started to commit suicide under the walls of Baghdad. We
will encourage them to commit more suicides quickly."

"I can assure you that those villains will recognize, will discover in appropriate time in the future how stupid they are and how they are pretending things which have never taken place."

"We have destroyed 2 tanks, fighter planes, 2 helicopters and their shovels - We have driven them back."

"The authority of the civil defense ... issued a warning to the civilian population not to pick up any of those pencils because they are booby traps," he said, adding that the British and American forces were "immoral mercenaries" and "war criminals" for such behavior.
"I am not talking about the American people and the British people," he said. "I am talking about those mercenaries. ... They have started throwing those pencils, but they are not pencils, they are booby traps to kill the children."

"We have them surrounded in their tanks"

"The American press is all about lies! All they tell is lies, lies and more lies!"

"Lying is forbidden in Iraq. President Saddam Hussein will tolerate nothing but truthfulness as he is a man of great honor and integrity. Everyone is encouraged to speak freely of the truths evidenced in their eyes and hearts."

"Now even the American command is under siege. We are hitting it from the north, east, south and west. We chase them here and they chase us there. But at the end we are the people who are laying siege to them. And it is not them who are besieging us."

"because we will behead you all"

"Let the American infidels bask in their illusion"

"I triple guarantee you, there are no American soldiers in Baghdad."

Britain "is not worth an old shoe"

"we have given them a sour taste"

"blood-sucking bastards"

Of US troops: "They are most welcome. We will butcher them."

"We will welcome them with bullets and shoes."

"We are in control. They are in a state of hysteria. Losers, they think that by killing civilians and trying to distort the feelings of the people they will win. I think they will not win, those bastards."

"The British forces which were dropped there have been eliminated mostly on the (battle)field, except for those who fled ... It is a complete defeat ... Amazingly the Americans have pushed the British to do that. They pushed them ahead as if it is an experiment. The result was very tragic for the British."

"We have placed them in a quagmire from which they can never emerge except dead"

"Washington has thrown their soldiers on the fire"

"I speak better English than this villain Bush"

"These cowards have no morals. They have no shame about lying"

"They're not even [within] 100 miles [of Baghdad]. They are not in any
place. They hold no place in Iraq. This is an il
"I speak better English than this villain Bush"Kristin
Apr 18, 2003 6:59 AM he wasn't a complete liar. :)

Honestly, I feel sad for him and his life circumstances.
"I speak better English than this villain Bush"Live Steam
Apr 18, 2003 11:55 AM
Well I am not sure if I feel sorry for him. Let's not forget he was a high ranking member of a very brutal dictatorship. His broken English presentation provided humor only because his messages were so far from the realm of reality they were ludicrous, but the messages in and of themselves were not exactly pleasant thoughts. His preposterous claims provided comic relief from the true tragedy and nature of the war.

There are plenty of Iraqi people throughout the World that fled in order to avoid service to Saddam. Many were also high ranking officials who did not want to continue their participation in the atrocities that Saddam was perpetrating on the Iraqi people. Evidently Baghdad Bob was not one who fled.
What if he was not a willing participant thoughKristin
Apr 18, 2003 12:43 PM
What if his wife and children were being held at gun point and he couldn't flee? I'm not saying this is so. We can't know that; but what if he was caught between a rock and a hard place and was just trying to survive. Its either that, or he was a really stupid bad guy. Somehow I doubt it was the latter.
What if he was not a willing participant thoughLive Steam
Apr 18, 2003 1:11 PM
If that were the case I would certainly have sympathy for his predicament. Somehow I doubt that Saddam would risk putting someone in front of the camera, who's loyalty was suspect. Propaganda is a very powerful weapon. Placing it in the hands of an unwilling accomplice would be what I would do. I would want someone who doesn't need direction. Someone who knows the party line and who believes in the grand scheme. Otherwise it would lean toward failure. That is not what Saddam was about. He was very calculating.