Tuesday, October 15, 2002
It’s 1.00am in Washington, 4.00pm in London and 6.00pm in Baghdad where the polls have just closed in the plebiscite on Saddam Hussein’s rule.
Our exit polls, that is the amount of people voting “yes” and thus exiting alive, indicate a one hundred percent yes vote.
Based on and projecting from those figures, we’re taking a punt and calling Baghdad for Saddam Hussein.
Repeat, we can now call Baghdad for Saddam Hussein.
We’ll be back in an hour when the polls close in the north and south.
It’s funny how the media, politicians, etc refer to Saddam Hussein as ‘’Saddam’’.
You don’t hear any other world leader referred to by his first name.
E.g. you don’t hear George W Bush making statements to the extent of ‘’Robert has oppressed his people and threatened his neighbours’’ about Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.
Maybe because a name like Saddam is very distinctive (it’s even rare in the Arab world) whereas a name like Robert is pretty common and is more likely to be the name of bloke at the local hardware store than that of a ruthless dictator.