Amazines Free Article Archive - Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Read about the most recent changes and happenings at
Log into your account or register as a new author. Start submitting your articles right now!
Search our database for articles.
Subscribe to receive articles emailed straight to your email account. You may choose multiple categories.
View our newest articles submitted by our authors.
View our most top rated articles rated by our visitors.
* Please note that this is NOT the ARTICLE manager
Add a new EZINE, or manage your EZINE submission.
Add fresh, free web content to your site such as newest articles, web tools, and quotes with a single piece of code!
Home What's New? Submit/Manage Articles Latest Posts Top Rated Article Search
Subscriptions Manage Ezines
 Article Archive
 Advertising (133431)
 Advice (161165)
 Affiliate Programs (34757)
 Art and Culture (73748)
 Automotive (145659)
 Blogs (75212)
 Boating (9844)
 Books (17221)
 Buddhism (4128)
 Business (1329011)
 Business News (426379)
 Business Opportunities (366351)
 Camping (10967)
 Career (72751)
 Christianity (15848)
 Collecting (11638)
 Communication (115068)
 Computers (241942)
 Construction (38919)
 Consumer (49685)
 Cooking (17067)
 Copywriting (6650)
 Crafts (18205)
 Cuisine (7543)
 Current Affairs (20419)
 Dating (45889)
 EBooks (19696)
 E-Commerce (48224)
 Education (185300)
 Electronics (83506)
 Email (6407)
 Entertainment (159837)
 Environment (28927)
 Ezine (3039)
 Ezine Publishing (5451)
 Ezine Sites (1550)
 Family & Parenting (110929)
 Fashion & Cosmetics (196424)
 Female Entrepreneurs (11846)
 Feng Shui (131)
 Finance & Investment (310446)
 Fitness (106332)
 Food & Beverages (62917)
 Free Web Resources (7940)
 Gambling (30223)
 Gardening (25148)
 Government (10532)
 Health (629684)
 Hinduism (2206)
 Hobbies (44055)
 Home Business (91582)
 Home Improvement (251109)
 Home Repair (46177)
 Humor (4832)
 Import - Export (5453)
 Insurance (45105)
 Interior Design (29585)
 International Property (3485)
 Internet (191004)
 Internet Marketing (146475)
 Investment (22848)
 Islam (1167)
 Judaism (1356)
 Law (80455)
 Link Popularity (4595)
 Manufacturing (20855)
 Marketing (98994)
 MLM (14136)
 Motivation (18221)
 Music (27012)
 New to the Internet (9496)
 Non-Profit Organizations (4048)
 Online Shopping (129631)
 Organizing (7804)
 Party Ideas (11852)
 Pets (38069)
 Poetry (2234)
 Press Release (12683)
 Public Speaking (5635)
 Publishing (7527)
 Quotes (2407)
 Real Estate (126636)
 Recreation & Leisure (95395)
 Relationships (87678)
 Research (16169)
 Sales (80337)
 Science & Technology (110257)
 Search Engines (23487)
 Self Improvement (153224)
 Seniors (6236)
 Sexuality (35949)
 Small Business (49283)
 Software (83015)
 Spiritual (23475)
 Sports (116078)
 Tax (7659)
 Telecommuting (34067)
 Travel & Tourism (307856)
 UK Property Investment (3121)
 Video Games (13428)
 Web Traffic (11747)
 Website Design (56838)
 Website Promotion (36595)
 World News (1000+)
 Writing (35790)
Author Spotlight

I'm Ellisen, nice to meet you! Obviously you're here because you want to know who I am. Wel...more

Danica Evans is an experienced author and online content writer. She has done her major in psycholog...more

Pushpa Srivastava is an SEO strategist that helps online business owners figure out how to grow thei...more

Im just a man who likes to be happy and see others happy. Im into home business, sports, family, and...more

Oleg has been providing SEO, Copywriting and Content Management services for 10+ years. For the last...more

Taken Prisoner in Iraq: A Guest of Saddam Hussein by Gene Myers

Taken Prisoner in Iraq: A Guest of Saddam Hussein by
Article Posted: 05/10/2010
Article Views: 1396
Articles Written: 204
Word Count: 993
Article Votes: 12
AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Taken Prisoner in Iraq: A Guest of Saddam Hussein

Current Affairs,Government,Islam
The article that follows is an excerpt from my book, "After Hours: Adventures of an International Businessman", Chapter 5, "Saddam's Guest". Although this Baghdad event happened almost two decades ago, I still think of it as a "current affair". See, Baghdad is still plenty dangerous, and probably more chaotic than when I was there. Then, there was at least a perception of predictability although this account is a paradox considering that statement.

Dear reader, I beg a favor. There is a place for comments at the end of this epistle--simply scan down. In the years since this so-called "adventure", not one soul (including family) has expressed curiosity nor asked anything about it. Not that I desire to relive the event, but I continually wonder: Why such a lack of interest? Is the situation too socially sensitive, that is, politically incorrect? Is it boring? Not worthy of comment? What??? Anyway, give it a read and see what you think. I'd appreciate your thoughts.

Here goes...

I woke in a momentary stupor of foggy disorientation, like the kind a typical business traveler frequently gets when waking in a strange hotel room after a late arrival the previous night. I wish that had been the case, but my situation was something far more sinister and frightening. At best I received maybe three hours of restless sleep. Most of the night I existed in that never-never land between sleep and consciousness, tossing-and-turning, attempting to ignore the oppressively sticky heat and the sour smelling cot. In addition, there was the sobering possibility that I might never see home and family again. That sudden realization shocked me out of my disorientation or any fleeting thought that I might be dreaming up this whole gruesome business.

I knew it was almost sunrise because I heard the azan, the call of the muezzin for first prayer, resonate from the minarets throughout the land. The first line declared that God was greater than... That's the context: dot, dot, dot. The inference is: God is greater than anything one could possibly name or conjure up. The azan also encouraged the faithful to hurry to prayer (reminding them prayer is better than sleep), and rush to success. Typically during my travels in the Middle East, hearing the azan filled me with a sense of comfort. During the first "Allahu Akbar", I would rise, flip on the television and watch the faithful enter the Grand Mosque in Mecca or the Prophet's Mosque in Medina. I got to where I could recite the prayers with them. Today, however, the azan filled me with fear of the unknown; and fear of being an infidel in a hostile foreign land.

The sleeping quarters for seventy of us was a large, carvernous building that was an old airplane hangar. Huge doors were partially open on one end. Open or not, there was no air movement within the structure. There was also no insulation under the corrugated metal roof. The place was an oven. Our cots, bare save for worn, dirty sheets covering urine-stained, thin matresses, were arranged in a rectangular pattern, seven by ten, with perhaps two and a half feet between cots.

I sat up groggily, everyone else still abed. Good grief, it tasted like the entire Republican Guard marched through my mouth barefoot--a major case of yuck-mouth for sure. An involuntary yawn was a bit too loud, which caught the attention of Tariq, who quickly stood and readied his AK-47.

Tariq, like all of our guards, tried to look like a Saddam clone: same military clothing, same black beret, and same moustache. He was probably half-snoozing in his chair when I caused the disturbance. His beret had been removed, and why not? Who could wear a hat in this heat? I couldn't help but notice that, sans beret, he had scant resemblance to tennis great, Andre Agassi. When he took notice of my confused state, his face softened a bit, and we made eye contact.

"Sabach al-hair (good morning)," I said quietly.

"Sabach noor (bright morning)," he said surprised at my greeting. He sounded almost pleasant.

I gestered at him and smiled thinly. "Andre Agassi," I said. This could be pushing the envelope a bit. It could anger him, but I judged he was by nature a pleasant chap.

"Me? Agassi?" He grinned broadly.

"Nam (yes). Agassi's father was a boxer on the Iranian Olympic team," I offered.

"Then he was Shiite like me," Tariq beamed. "Agassi is Shiite?" he asked.

I knew he wasn't, but said, "Oh, yes!"

Tariq continued to grin, and I thought I might have made somewhat of a friend, if there was such a thing under the circumstances. Tariq must have later repeated our conversation to his peers because from that time on the other guards referred to him as Agassi, which always seemed to delight him.

"You come," he beckoned. "Bring ablutions things."

I picked up my toiletries kit and followed him to the only bathroom in the building. He stood outside the doorway while I relieved myself (though the typical hole-in-the-floor loo), removed my clothes, splashed water from head-to-toe, and applied deodorant. I slipped back into my dirty skivvies, rumpled clothes, and brushed my teeth. It was the nicest thing Tariq could think to do for me, and I appreciated it. I told him so, and he seemed pleased as he escorted me back to my cot.

"Shukran (thank you)," I said sincerely.

"Afwan (you're welcome)," he replied.

Next time, I'll tell you how I got into such a mess in the first place. More to come...

Copyright by Gene Myers Author of: "After Hours: Adventures of an International Businessman" www.strategicpublishinggroup,com/title/AfterHours.html Also available on and and

Coming August 23, 2010 from Gene Myers and PublishAmerica: "Songs from Lattys Grove"

Related Articles - Islam, Iraq, business travel, Baghdad,

Email this Article to a Friend!

Receive Articles like this one direct to your email box!
Subscribe for free today!

 Rate This Article  
Completely useless, should be removed from directory.
Minimal useful information.
Decent and informative.
Great article, very informative and helpful.
A 'Must Read'.


Do you Agree or Disagree? Have a Comment? POST IT!

 Reader Opinions 
Submit your comments and they will be posted here.
Make this comment or to the Author only:
*Your email will NOT be posted. This is for administrative purposes only.
Comments: *Your Comments WILL be posted to the AUTHOR ONLY if you select PRIVATE and to this PUBLIC PAGE if you select PUBLIC, so write accordingly.
Please enter the code in the image:

 Author Login 
Register for Author Account


Advertiser Login


   Limited Time $60 Offer!
   90  Days-1.5 Million Views  


Great Paranormal Romance


Demonstrated exceptional leadership in the government and private sector at an executive level. Skil...more

Steve Bye is currently a fiction writer, who published his first novel, ‘Looking Forward Through The...more

I love to research products and write reviews only high-quality useful products. ...more

At LeadGenerators, we specialise in content-led Online Marketing Strategies for our clients in the t...more

Jason Ng has a huge passion for the health and fitness industry as he strongly believes that having ...more

Author of four books and two screenplays; frequent magazine contributor. I have four other books "in...more

Cecilia is a professional Editor-writer (30+ years) and works on a worldwide scale. She has a profes...more

hello everyone l been on the net since 2000 and enjoy my work l work as an affiliate and also have w...more

Stevert Mckenzie, Travel Enthusiast. ...more

I have been involved in nutrition and weight management for over 12 years and I like to share my kn...more

HomeLinksAbout UsContact UsTerms of UsePrivacy PolicyFAQResources
Copyright © 2020, All rights reserved.
Some pages may contain portions of text relating to certain topics obtained from under the GNU FDL license