Saddam Saves His Own Skin

Saddam Hussein was moments away from being blown to bits Saturday, before he eagerly surrendered.

(CNN) — The soldiers who captured Saddam Hussein talked to reporters Monday about how a mission that seemed similar to others they had been on ended with the former Iraqi dictator in custody. […]

Outside the hovel, the soldiers saw a rug on the ground, pulled it back, and found an 8-inch thick piece of Styrofoam covering a narrow hole that appeared to be 6 to 8 feet deep.

They heard noises from below.

They were about to execute a “clearing procedure” — firing into the hole or dropping a grenade into it — when someone saw upraised hands belonging to a bearded, bedraggled man. The man had a pistol but did not fire it.

When the soldiers assisted the man from the hole, he said, in English: “I am Saddam Hussein. I am the president of Iraq. I want to negotiate.”

The soldiers replied: “President Bush sends his regards.”

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