Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

15 Dec 2003, 15:19 p.m.

Of course, I am glad that Saddam Hussein has been…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2003 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Of course, I am glad that Saddam Hussein has been captured, if in fact he has been captured. I doubt that it is really him and I will probably always doubt it. But Salam Pax, whom I evidently trust more than I trust the Bush administration, doesn't say "this smells wrong," so it is probably legit. Right?

I saw the pictures of Hussein with a beard, submitting to a medical examination, and I remembered my dad after a heart bypass operation several years ago. I visited him in the hospital afterwards, his face stubbled, his body prone and stuck all over with tubes, and I thought, that's not him. My dad's not there.

I'm glad Hussein has been shaven, so that I can put away the disturbing resemblance to my father. Now he just looks like Uncle V.