Is it live or is it Memorex?
Posted by aogThursday, 20 March 2003 at 07:07 TrackBack Ping URL
There's now speculation about whether Saddam Hussein is still alive and whether the person who gave a speech after the first bombing wave is really Saddam. I heard only fragmentary reports on NPR but two things seemed interesting.

The first is that Saddam was reported to be wearing glasses (sunglasses?) which is unusual. It's good for concealing the wrong eye color in case this is actually a double.

Second is that Saddam alledgedly took care to mention the date, 20 March 2003. That's not very conclusive. It wouldn't be that hard to pre-record a number of messages for various dates in the future. That's why visual images of newspapers are far more determinative - there is a host of other information that are much harder to predict than the date.

But I don't believe either of these and will go on record as saying I think Saddam got lucky once again and we missed him.