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The Transmigration of Saddam Hussein

04/09/2003

The latest version of the story is that Saddam managed to depart the location where four 2,000-lb. smart bombs nearly caught up with him on Tuesday. (They certainly did catch up with some of the local residents.) An alternative version making the rounds is that he was never there; the whole thing was an Iraqi ruse to test how deeply the U.S. had penetrated their inner circle. A Kurdish newspaper claims he's holed up in Tikrit with his boys. Other rumors have him driving himself around the streets of Baghdad. As one correspondent commented on Tuesday morning's National Public Radio broadcast, Saddam sightings have now reached Elvis-like proportions.

In one breath, the Pentagon spokesman brags of how it took a mere 45 minutes to turn raw intelligence into smoking rubble - what Jon Stewart just tonight pegged as "the 'whack-a-mole' approach to killing Saddam." In the next breath, the spokesman nonchalantly insists, whether Saddam lives or dies doesn't really matter. Let's not focus on this - it's not a high priority.

Go tell it to the families of the dead.

And so the Great Military Communications Machine is already prepping Saddam for his potential transition to the Next World: not necessarily Gehenna, and probably not even Minsk, but instead the wispy half-existence already occupied by the likes of The Terrorist Formerly Mentioned From Time To Time As Osama, and even more shamefully, Taliban kingpin Mullah Omar. Well over a year after the fall of Kabul and Kandahar, the latter worthy remains at large and unmolested, apparently still somewhere in Afghanistan.

So, barring fortuitous accidents, it will be a subtle thing. A gradual thing. It won't happen all at once. Would that it were otherwise. If only the word would come down to us via the Fox News screen crawl: SADDAM HAS LEFT THE BUILDING - HE HAS GOTTEN IN HIS CAR AND DRIVEN AWAY - PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS - TERROR ALERT: HIGH

-Analyst

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