Saddam Hussein, just stating the name has at this point become synonymous with thoughts of monsters and boogie men who do unspeakable things. To his children (his daughters specifically) he was just Papa. Even in later years he doted on his grandchildren and brought sweets to the final family meeting 5 days before the US invasion.
The story of Saddam's strained relationship with his son-in-laws has become common knowledge in the post Saddam era of Iraq. Saddam's daughter's, Raghad and Rana married Hussein Kamel Hassan and his brother Saddam Kamel Hassan. Both brothers worked for Saddam Hussein, one as the head of Iraq's clandestine weapons program, the other as the head of the secret police. By 1995 the brother's and their wives were at at odds with Saddam Hussein and the way he was destroying the country so they fled to Jordan with the 7 grandchildren.
Hussein Kamel publicly swore to overthrow his corrupt father-in-law before the families would return home. Over time the daughters and grandchildren, missing their home, spoke with their father who swore that all would be forgiven if they returned.
Upon returning home in February of 1996 Saddam Hussein's two sons (Uday and Qusay) following their father's orders, supervised the killing of Hussein Kamel Hassan and Saddam Kamel Hassan, their sister's husbands.
Saddam Hussein wanted his daughters and grandchildren to remain in the country. One can only speculate the conversations had between father and daughter's. Raghad and Rana, now living in Jordan, have not spoken publicly about the events. Even when asked specifically about the murders they have been quoted as saying "Our wounds are deep."
One of the efforts Sadam Hussein made to appease his daughters and grandchildren was to build a life size Flintstones village near his palaces in Baghdad. The village is complete with living areas, servants quarters, kitchen, elevator and indoor plumbing and electricity. As with most things built under the Saddam Regime, he was more concerned with how quickly the project was completed over how well it was built so the village is now in a state of dilapidation and disrepair. The village sits next to the VOI/VOA Palaces (Victory Over Iran/Victory Over America) on one of many man made lakes in Saddam's private section of Baghdad.
The village stands as a reminder of the lengths a corrupt man will go to to do what he wants and keep those around him blind to the damage he is doing.
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