Saturday, November 9, 2019

Read This Somewhere

Khidhir Hamza was a nuclear scientist in Iraq. He later escaped Iraq to another western country. In his book, Saddam’s Bombmaker, he described a meeting he had with Saddam Hussain. His lab acquired a large new computer and was installed. One day, Saddam, unannounced, came to his lab.
 
 
 He was not showing interest in the new computer. He was looking at the pictures that Hamza has tacked to the wall. They were all famous scientists, from Copernicus to Einstein. Hamza tore their pictures from magazines and tape them in the wall.
 
Saddam asked “who are those?”
 
Hamza replied: “They are the greatest scientists in history”.
 
Saddam became angry. "What an insult this is! All these great men, these great scientists! You don't have enough respect for these great men to frame their pictures? You can't honor them better than this?"
 
End of Story.
 
Hamza’s explanation: Saddam had kinship he felt with the great men of history, with history itself. Lack of reverence for an image of Copernicus might suggest a lack of reverence for Saddam.

8 comments:

  1. An odd story with an even odd-er explanation by Hamza. Then again all powerful people somehow feel that they are great and somehow related to other great people.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Karunesh. Totally agree with you.

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  2. Saddam’s irritability at seeing the  pictures of great men pasted unframed on the wall showed his reverence for them and his sensitive nature. I agree fully with KK's comment and I could not have written better! Thanks Mr.Rajan

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    1. Thanks for your comments Mr. KP. I also agree with KK's comments.

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  3. Most of the issues in the world are caused by people overestimating their own 'greatness'. So, although unintentional, I think this scientist did the right thing by underplaying the power of greats.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Rajesh. They are legend in their own mind.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Pradeep. Yes, certainly.

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