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The Aziz Has Turned

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How quickly they forget the good old days:

    Former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz has started calling his youngest son – named Saddam after Iraq’s ousted leader – by the name Zuhair instead, according to letters obtained by the London-based Arabic daily Asharq Al-Awsat.

    “My regards to everybody, how is your mother? And your youngest brother Zuhair?” Aziz said in a July letter to his two daughters, Zeinab and Maysaa. He also referred to the son as Zuhair in an October letter, the paper said in its Wednesday editions, which reproduced several of Aziz’s letters.

    ….Tariq Aziz, who once served as the public face of Saddam Hussein’s regime, was one of the former officials called in to identify the ousted Iraqi president after his arrest on Saturday, U.S. officials said. [AP]

“Tariq! And how are you?”

“Fine Saddam, and you?”

“Been better – and how is your young Saddam”


“‘Zoo hair’! Ha ha, that’s what I had when they found me.”

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  • johnboy

    Tariq Aziz is an interesting character,

    While it’s easy (and accurate) to portray some of the things he’s said and done over the years as smacking of carwardice,

    he’s also a practising Roman Catholic who never converted to Islam despite the advantages it would have brought him.

    (the best source i can find in a hurry is here)

  • Anita Campbell

    You raise a fascinating point about religious diversity (or what remains of it) in Iraq and nearby countries.

    1) For centuries there has been and still is a sizeable Catholic population in Iraq, whose leader is known as the Patriarch and who reports to Rome.

    2) There is another significant Christian sect, Syrian Christians (sometimes called Assyrian Christians), also in Iraq and neighboring Syria. They are Christian but not Roman Catholic.

    3) And, before their citizenship was withdrawn by Iraq in protest of Israel becoming a state, Jews made up the prosperous tradesmen and government workers in Iraq (and even Iran). They had lived there for centuries, co-existing with Muslims. For instance, Jews consituted many of the Persian carpet dealers in Middle Eastern countries until they were forced to emigrate to Israel. Even today a tiny minority of Jews can be found in many of the Muslim countries of the Middle East, except places like Saudi Arabia. However, their numbers are very tiny. Today there are fewer than 100 Jewish Iraqis residing in Iraq today.

    Maybe another esteemed Blog Critic can shed more light on the existence of Jews and Christians in the Middle East (outside of Israel)???