In the topsy-turvy world of Iraqi heroes, past and present, a hapless British war veteran has been threatened with prosecution for having or possibly selling, or both, a bronze ass cheek of the former notorious dictator Saddam Hussein.
Who could have guessed that the vilified Saddam, cruel despot and murderer of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis through torture and terror, would now be so beloved that a bronzed copy of his tush would be lusted after and be the impetus for criminal prosecution?
Apparently, Saddam’s hind quarter is “cultural property” and is covered by regulations banning the importation of such objects. Who knew?
Nigel “Spud” Ely, who received the “gift” from US Marines just prior to its being melted down for scrap, reports that the “piece has been independently valued at $387,000.” Which, of course, means that the tush-in-toto is worth a cool $775,000.
Hey, Saddam–Nice ass.
Credit: The Guardian