Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Saddam's old landlord reminisces.

"Life with him would be troublesome," said Mohammed Qouatli, a Syrian businessman who should know - he was briefly Saddam's landlord during the first and only time the Iraqi was an exile, four decades ago in Cairo.

Back then, Qouatli was studying at Cairo University and offered lodging to a 23-year-old Iraqi newly arrived in Egypt. Qouatli, interviewed during a visit to Cairo, recalled having to ask Saddam to leave two weeks later because his tenant's political debates with other Arab students deteriorated into brawls.

One ended with a razor-wielding Saddam injuring some students, Qouatli said.

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