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Re: [casi] Building Palaces, while Iraq burns...

Here is what I found:

"The fact that Saddam Hussein is spending hundreds of millions to build palaces and refusing to use 
the humanitarian programme the United Nations has authorised shows the hypocrisy of his claims that 
he is concerned about his people's suffering." - UN official

Saddam Hussein has spent more than 2 billion dollars since 1990 building new palaces and renovating 
old ones. There are at least 50 palaces and luxury residences around Iraq for the sole use of 
Saddam and his family. One of them is larger than Versailles.

Tons of marble has been looted from Iraq's priceless archaeological sites to be used in a new 
palace on the shore of an artificial lake, created by diverting the Tigris near Saddam's birthplace 
of Tikrit. The dictator also spends huge sums to smuggle marble and other supplies into Iraq 
despite the embargo.

Saddam continues to spend billions of the Iraqi people's money to build himself lavish palaces. The 
United Nations sanctions committee has pointedly turned down the regime's repeated applications to 
import marble, alabaster and water fountains -- favourite items in Saddam's palaces.

It has satellite images here:

~ Anai Rhoads

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Forgiveness breaks the chain of causality because he who forgives you -- out of love--takes upon 
himself the consequences of what you have done. Forgiveness, therefore, always entails a sacrifice.

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