De-Saddamizing Iraqi books

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.”

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  1. :::::”I told her, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just bring the pen down here, then across here, and he’s finished,’ ” he said.:::::

    It would seem the swords have granted the mightiness of the pen!

  2. :::::”I told her, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just bring the pen down here, then across here, and he’s finished,’ ” he said.:::::

    It would seem the swords have granted the mightiness of the pen!

  3. Inspire 28 says:

    When they are finished there, perhaps we can get them to clear out the slurs on the United States that are found in most of our textbooks.

  4. Inspire 28 says:

    When they are finished there, perhaps we can get them to clear out the slurs on the United States that are found in most of our textbooks.

  5. Ken Summers says:

    Here’s another song for Father Saddam…

    The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out…

  6. Ken Summers says:

    Here’s another song for Father Saddam…

    The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out…

  7. Analogue Voter says:

    Will the photographs be replaced with ones of the new occupant of Saddam Hussein’s lavish palaces?

    You know, Mr Bremer, who also presides over the very same prisons, stuffed to the gills with people (including children) rounded up at 4am and held without charge?

    Or perhaps Mr Chalabi (on the run from a 20 year prison sentence) has a prettier face?

  8. Analogue Voter says:

    Will the photographs be replaced with ones of the new occupant of Saddam Hussein’s lavish palaces?

    You know, Mr Bremer, who also presides over the very same prisons, stuffed to the gills with people (including children) rounded up at 4am and held without charge?

    Or perhaps Mr Chalabi (on the run from a 20 year prison sentence) has a prettier face?

  9. I hope that they also stat to teach tolorance of other cultures in the schools

  10. I hope that they also stat to teach tolorance of other cultures in the schools