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Hazhir Teimouran changes his mind about Saddam.

By Hazhir Teimourian   February 1998

Seven years ago, during the winter of 1990-91, I was contracted by BBC Television to be one of its commentators on the Gulf war. At the time I repeatedly urged that western leaders should resist any temptation to march on to Baghdad and overthrow Saddam Hussein, even though he had the cruellest record in the whole cruel history of Mesopotamia.

My conviction was the product not only of my acquaintance with the middle east, but also with “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland. I had watched British soldiers being welcomed on the streets of Belfast by Catholics as their saviours from…

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