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Iraqi American Tells FOX News Iraq Safer Under Saddam Hussein

Reported by Ellen - January 29, 2007 -

Iraqi American rapper TIMZ was an unusual guest on Hannity & Colmes Friday night, 1/26/07. Instead of the usual Happy Iraq scenario portrayed on FOX, TIMZ told an astonished Chuck Norris, subbing for Sean Hannity, that Iraq was safer under Saddam Hussein. Updated with video.

Norris asked TIMZ if he would have liked to live in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was in power “killing thousands upon thousands of your fellow countrymen?”

TIMZ said that when he was in Iraq, it was during Hussein’s reign. “I believe that the country – the state that it is in now – it’s actually more dangerous than when Saddam Hussein was in power. At least people could walk down the street without being afraid of their neighbor killing them. I understand that there was a fear of Saddam Hussein and his reign of terror. Yes, I don’t promote Saddam Hussein and the things that he has done in the past. However, I do believe that it was safer as a region for a regular person like myself to walk down the street and not be afraid of the next person coming up to me and kidnapping me or killing me for no apparent reason."

One could only imagine how Hannity would have handled such FOX News blasphemy. But Norris, it seems, is a far gentler debater. “Yeah but you never know, at any time that they could have come in your house, drug (sic) you out, cut off your hand or whatever. So you never knew for sure if that was gonna happen or not, did you?”

TIMZ said that he’s Chaldean, which is a Catholic group. “When Saddam Hussein was ruling, we were not persecuted in the way that Chaldeans are being persecuted now in Iraq. Nowadays we are getting kidnapped. It is a civil war between Sunnis and Shiites and there are Christians stuck in the middle.”

Norris tried to uncover evidence that TIMZ’ family was targeted by Saddam for their Christianity. But TIMZ didn't buy it. “At least when Saddam Hussein was there, he kept some of these extremists down. And again, I’m not promoting Saddam Hussein. I’m just saying it was a bit safer for people like me.”