Just caught House of Saddam, a 4 hour miniseries produced by HBO and BBC, and I must say - what a sweet and touching soap opera! Saddam is this cuddly Iraqi patriot who was abused by his father and thus felt guilty when he smacked his son around in one of the scenes. Unfortunately, same emotions were not experienced by him while he was killing people. Anyway, towards the end of it all, I half expected to either see Saddam walk down the whatever the hill he was on with the 10 comandments, or to be fighting gladiators in the colliseum. When he was on the run, recording his speeches, my soviet education (all 4 grades of it!) kicked in reminding me about Lenin penning his revolutionary letters while in exile. The smuggling of the tape of Saddam's speeches evoked images of the French underground, and Saddam hiding in the hole with a lighter? Well, I almost cried thinking of how similar his plight was to that of Anne Frank.
Great job HBO/BBC! Now I am just waiting for Michael Moore producing Saddam's biographical epic.