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Saddam Hussein Character Analysis

Dictator of Iraq during the early years of the War on Terror. Hussein was accused (by the Bush White House) of hoarding biological and chemical “weapons of mass destruction,” as well as collaborating with al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. These two accusations were then used as justification for America’s invasion of Iraq in 2003, though both were later found to be exaggerated or even false. Hussein was captured in 2003 and executed in 2006.

Saddam Hussein Quotes in Lone Survivor

The Lone Survivor quotes below are all either spoken by Saddam Hussein or refer to Saddam Hussein. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Little, Brown, and Company edition of Lone Survivor published in 2013.
Chapter 1 Quotes

In our view, the question of whether Saddam Hussein had biological and chemical weapons was answered. Of course he did. He used them in Halabja, right?
I guess by now the issue in the minds of the American public was, Did he have a nuclear weapon, an atom bomb?

Related Characters: Marcus Luttrell (speaker), Saddam Hussein
Page Number: 37
Explanation and Analysis:

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Saddam Hussein Character Timeline in Lone Survivor

The timeline below shows where the character Saddam Hussein appears in Lone Survivor. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Politics and the War on Terror Theme Icon
...Just one day after Luttrell arrived in the city, President George W. Bush announced that Saddam Hussein and his political party had fallen. But Luttrell’s work was just beginning. Working in small... (full context)
Politics and the War on Terror Theme Icon
Bigotry and America’s Enemies Theme Icon
Ethics and the “Rules of Engagement” Theme Icon
...American soldiers. The SEALs hunted down insurgents, using bribery and force. In July, two of Saddam Hussein ’s sons died in an explosion because terrorists had sold them out. (full context)
Politics and the War on Terror Theme Icon
Bigotry and America’s Enemies Theme Icon
Ethics and the “Rules of Engagement” Theme Icon
...this time, the American military still hadn’t found weapons of mass destruction. Luttrell claims that Saddam Hussein obviously had these weapons—biological and chemical weapons. However, Luttrell understands that the public interpreted “weapons... (full context)