Sad­dam’s bizarre gift

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

DON­ALD Rums­feld has res­ur­rected a bizarre gift from Sad­dam Hus­sein: a video that p ur ports to show f e male Syrian sol­diers bit­ing the heads off snakes, and a male com­rade stab­bing a puppy.

The for­mer US de­fence sec­re­tary, an ar­chi­tect of the in­va­sion that top­pled Sad­dam Hus­sein in 2003, said the late Iraqi dic­ta­tor gave him the video as a part­ing me­mento when Rums­feld made a se­cret mis­sion to Bagh­dad in 1983 as for­mer pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan’s Mideast en­voy.

‘‘ Such gifts can be un­usual, but even so I was shocked by this one,’’ Rums­feld said.

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