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'Wash Post' Finds Man Who 'Hammered' Saddam 4 Years Ago: Now He Regrets It

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'Wash Post' Finds Man Who 'Hammered' Saddam 4 Years Ago: Now He Regrets It

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Newspapers are filled today with articles commemorating the Fall of Baghdad four years ago. Certainly one of the most unusual appeared in The Washington Post: A profile of an Iraqi man immortalized in photos at that time hammering the famously toppled statue of Saddam Hussein.

His name is Khadim al-Jubouri and apparently he feels things have gone from bad to worse since then.

The end of Saddam "achieved nothing," he said. "We got rid of a tyrant and tyranny. But we were surprised that after one thief had left, another 40 replaced him," said Jubouri, who is a Shiite Muslim. "Now, we regret that Saddam Hussein is gone, no matter how much we hated him."

More from the article, available in full at www.washingtonpost.com.*

His faith in the United States has also vanished, he said. But he still has a passion for one thing uniquely American: the Harley-Davidson. On the wall of his cluttered office, next to medals he won as a champion weightlifter, hangs a tapestry emblazoned with an American flag, a bald eagle, a Harley and the words: "Born in the USA."

On most days, however, he cannot afford to buy gas for his own Harley, a 1982 Fat Boy.

His country today is politically fractured and struggling to find direction. …

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