It’s a nice bit of Joseph Campbellism in the news. For color, Kennicot turns to Francis Brooke, an adviser to would-be Iraqi strongman Ahmed Chalabi: The photographs, says Brooke, destroy Saddam’s “myth of being Nebuchadnezzar and Saladin, and the noble, chivalrous Arab leader.”
The Revealer recalls that Brooke, also a former advisor to Richard Perle, has another king in mind for the region: “Francis Brooke,” wrote Charles Glass in the June issue of Harper’s, “says he would support the elimination of Saddam, even if every single Iraqi were killed in the process. He means it. ‘I’m coming from a place different from you…. I believe in good and evil. That man is absolute evil and must be destroyed.’ … He says he believes in Jesus and in resurrection and in eternity. If all the Iraqis die, he says, they will live in eternity. But the ‘human Satan‘ must go, no matter what.”
Read more, and look again at the pictures that make the news.