Iraqi teachers are eliminating Saddamite propaganda from textbooks. It’s a big job.
“There were things like: ‘The 28th of April is the birthday of Father Saddam. Happy birthday, Father Saddam. Here’s a song about Father Saddam,’ ” said Hisham Abdulla, a Ministry of Education official who co-wrote the English texts used during Hussein’s rule…
The editing panel had to review 556 books, sentence by sentence. Fuad Hussein, a returned Iraqi expatriate who chose the panelists, remembers seeing one teacher’s hand hesitate the first time she had to cross out a picture of the dictator.
“I told her, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just bring the pen down here, then across here, and he’s finished,’ ” he said.
The editors — all Iraqi teachers — also are removing “slurs against non-Arab ethnic groups.”