Iraqi Students Want Saddam Back


At least so a Baghdad University professor told a conference in Boston. Among the war’s less-famous casualties is Iraq’s higher education system: Over 200 professors have been assassinated since 2003, thousands have fled the country and the rest are terrified of saying anything that might raise the murderous ire of one militia or another. Classes are cancelled more often than they are taught.

“The students are disappointed in America and they say it now openly, even on the television: ‘Bring back Saddam and we will apologize and he will restore order to the country,'” said Dr. Saad Jawad, professor of political science at Baghdad University.

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