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Debra

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« on: December 30, 2006, 09:59:33 AM »
Why do we call Harper, Bush, Blair by their last names and Saddam Hussein by his first?
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2006, 10:09:30 AM »
It was actually Saddam's preference, as I recall, in wanting to be one of those overarching historical figures that we only refer to by one name.  Napoleon, for example.  Also to distinguish him from King Hussein of Jordan.

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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2006, 10:13:58 AM »
Oh thanks.
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2006, 02:38:59 PM »
Another factor, I think, is that most Iraqis are Shi'ites, and they didn't like to hear him referred to as Hussein, since that's the name of the martyr they venerate, or the major one anyway.

 

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