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Saddam is back – on TV, at least

A channel celebrating the former dictator debuted on Nov. 28


 

Saddam is back - on TV at leastSaddam TV is on the air. A mysterious television channel dedicated to celebrating former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein made an unexpected debut across the Arabic world last week. The so-called Saddam Channel, launched by al-Lafeta TV, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, has no actual programming: instead, it presents a flattering montage of still pictures that show Saddam dressed in uniforms, a variety of suits, even straddling a white horse. Accompanying the pictures are recordings of Saddam’s speeches and poetic recitals, and a patriotic song urging viewers to “liberate our country.”

The Saddam channel is shrouded in mystery—nobody knows who is bankrolling it, or from where exactly it is being broadcast. The Associated Press tracked down a man in Damascus named Mohammed Jarboua, who claims to be running the channel, but he balked at divulging too many details due to “threats that the Iraqi government will shut it down [and] kill its employees.” He also denied reports that the channel is being funded by Baathist loyalists, former members of the outlawed Sunni-dominated political party Saddam once led.

Other versions of the station’s origins have also surfaced. The man who headed Saddam’s defence team at the start of his trial in 2004, Jordanian Baathist Ziad Khassawneh, claims it is supported by wealthy Iraqis in Lebanon, Syria, and other parts of the Arabic world, although he declined to mention who they are. The launch of the Saddam Channel on Nov. 28 coincided with the third anniversary of Saddam’s execution, according to the Islamic calendar. Officials in Iraq have labelled the channel “an attempt from the dissolved Baath party to return to Iraq’s politics,” but are undecided about shutting it down.


 

Saddam is back – on TV, at least

  1. Rogers needs to get this channel. It would be less boring than the CBC.

  2. The illegal invasion of Iraq and the murder of countless innocents by Bush and the kangaroo trial has made Saddam a martyr . As much as he was not your ideal Boy Scout things were considerably better in Iraq under Saddam . Today you have a dysfunctional broken Country . Saddam`s crime was that his Country sat on one of the biggest oil reserves in the world.

  3. A better channel would be of nothing but Kim Jong il. The dude shot a 58 in his first game of golf. I'd pay to see that!

  4. It was actually a 34, a full 38 under par for Kim Jong Il. That included 11 hole in ones. I just picture the military following him up the course and putting balls in the hole when he wasn't looking. "Look, a hole in one on a par 5!"

  5. What's next? The Stalin Channel? The Idi Amin Show? The Hitler Comedy Hour?

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