October 01, 2007

Selling What Belongs to Iraq

Own a part of history. Acquire some exotic item that might have been outright stolen or bought with money from Iraq's treasury and owned by a murdering dictator, now dead. I would want something owned by Saddam Hussein about as much as I would want Hitler's gold taken from the teeth of his victims.

The seller says that twenty percent of the proceeds will go to help rebuild Iraq. I think that I would want some proof of that, and I wonder why not one-hundred percent if these items were acquired through the then existing Iraqi government. I cannot say how the seller obtained these items and how much he paid, but I sure would like to know.

Possessions and Gifts To Saddam Hussein For Sale

An unprecedented and unique opportunity has arisen to purchase some of the most valuable and infamous possessions in modern day history, which are showcased throughout this web site and are being auctioned.

Saddam Hussein's possessions include his personal silver cigarette case that was given to him as a reward for killing his first man, his personal Rolex watch that was made for him on special order which is made of gold, diamonds and saphire, the pen that was used to sign the death warrants of 66 members of the Ba'ath Party, his personal prayer beads, the sunglasses he wore when on the desert front in the Iran-Iraq war and more.

Pretty sordid. I also noted this Persian rug up for bid:

This Persian hand made rug (sacred giant floor rug) was in the main Jewish synagoge,in Baghdad, until Saddam Hussein visited the synagoge in 1979 and personally requested the rug to be added to his personal collection. It was made in 1350 Lunar calender (1906).

The rabbis are probably still laughing after they doubled the price and told Saddam that he was getting twenty-five percent off. Such a deal.

Other items include Saddam Hussein's neck ties, and I wouldn't mind seeing the one that cost him the most--the one around his neck.

I still have my "Most-Wanted Iraqi Playing Cards," which are sure to be a collector's item. Look for them on the "American Roadshow." Saddam Hussein didn't own those because he refused to give the U.S. military his forwarding address, and catching up with him meant that the Ace of Spades became immediately out of play. I think we know where Hussein eventually settled, though, and it's not with seventy-two virgins.

Let's hope that the items Hussein took from the Iraqi people come back to them in full, one way or another.

Posted by Woody M. at October 1, 2007 07:40 PM
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