Saddam Hussein is a politician who in the course of current governmental affairs manages to ask himself eternal questions, and certainly gives answers to these questions. A book of Saddam Hussein’s words of wisdom was published in Baghdad; it is something like Libya leader Moamar Gadhafi’s “Green Book”, or Mao Tse-tung’s “Little Red Book”. Iraq certainly believes that Hussein’s new work will exceed the works written by other famous leaders.
Associated Press informs, the book by Hussein is a pocket-sized, white-bound pamphlet filled with his words of wisdom. It seems to be very convenient: if you have a question, look it up in the Hussein’s book. Those who compiled the book probably wanted the Iraqi people to obtain answers to any of their questions in the recommendations of the leader. Many of the recommendations are as severe as Saddam’s policy itself: “Don't be attracted to easy paths because the paths that make your feet bleed are the only way to get ahead in life.”
The book is called “Saddam Hussein: Great Lessons, Commandments to Strugglers, the Patient and Holy Warriors.” The Iraqi people are already familiar with some of the 57 quotations mentioned in the book; they could see the quotations painted on school walls, on statues, printed in newspapers and written on huge billboards. As Associated Press reports, the Muslim call to pray is broadcast on the Iraqi state television five times each day. And following the call, a few of the commandments from Saddam’s book are read to people.
An official from the Iraqi Ministry of Information says, the book by “the great son of Arabs” gives lessons which are important in the continuous, unfair aggression. Even Saddam Hussein, who is playing cat-and-mouse with Americans, could avail himself of his own commandments: “Don't provoke a snake unless you have the intention and power to cut off its head.”
The commandments by Saddam Hussein touch upon all spheres of life. They call for “doing good, depending on brains as well as brawn, ruling fairly, planning well, keeping people’s secrets and learning from others’ mistakes.” Hussein’s commandments are written on the walls of school entrance and in classrooms. Seven-year-old school-girls recite: “ Keep your eyes on your enemy and be faster than him.”
Will Iraqis be faster than enemies with such weapon? Unlikely. Some of the commandments would be useful for people from the Pentagon; this one, for instance: “Don’t make decisions in anger or humiliate an enemy after defeating him.”