Saddam holds key to the city of Detroit.

How’s this for irony: Saddam Once Received Key to Detroit.

Saddam Hussein donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Detroit church and received a key to the city more than two decades ago, soon after he became president of Iraq.

Saddam’s bond with Detroit started in 1979, when the Rev. Jacob Yasso of Chaldean Sacred Heart congratulated Saddam on his presidency. In return, Yasso said, his church received $250,000.

“He was very kind person, very generous, very cooperative with the West. Lately, what’s happened, I don’t know,” Yasso, 70, said Wednesday. “Money and power changed the person.”

Being dumped off the CIA payrolls probably didn’t help his attitude any either, I’m sure.

Yasso said that at the time, Saddam made donations to Chaldean churches around the world.

“He’s very kind to Christians,” Yasso said.

A year later, Yasso traveled with about two dozen people to Baghdad as a guest of the Iraqi government, and they were invited to Saddam’s palace.

“We were received on the red carpet,” Yasso said.

Yasso said he presented Saddam with the key to the city, courtesy of then-Mayor Coleman Young. Then, Yasso said, he got a surprise.

“He said, `I heard there was a debt on your church. How much is it?’” Yasso said.

Saddam donated another $200,000.

And why not. It’s not like he hadn’t probably gotten it from us in the first place.

In the 1980s, Iraq and the United States were allied in their mistrust of Iran, which held hundreds of Americans hostage under the regime of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Yasso called Saddam an American puppet.

“The job the United States trusted to him is done; now he’s no good,” he said.

What’s that? You say we’re just dealing with a mess of our own creation? How could that be?! The U.S. would never back a murderous dictator like Saddam! Surely you must be joking!

Kids, this is why it’s important to remember your history and why you should choose your friends wisely.

6 thoughts on “Saddam holds key to the city of Detroit.

  1. I’m so glad that you speak out about this stuff because people don’t belive me when i tell them this shit. They think I’m making it up.

  2. Yeah Kat, I saw that. I’m not surprised by it. Just another attempt by a couple of politicians to kiss up to their constituents.

  3. We helped put him there in the first place.

    We supplied not only arms, but weapons of mass destruction to Iraq, to use against Iran.

    We gave him permission to invade Kuwait in the first place. (caveat: he took the whole thing…not just what we expected.)

    Now he’s a tyrant with weapons of mass destruction who can’t be trusted not to bully the countries around him.


  4. it hurts so much to find my government is alleged to be so onery.Vietnam was a mistake and the memorial is a trophy to fooling most of the people all the time.Truth hurts,and explains alot.Laci burnt scotts breakfast 12/23/03

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