The TV Producer
The soldiers are coming. My instructions were to burn the tapes we played as soon as they were "done". Working with the most famous man in the world was most unpleasant. He lites his cigar and breaths down your neck, get this right, don't get this wrong. Our makeup team had to follow orders like "age me a little for this one" and the subtle change in military uniform ensured that our most gracious leader was "alive" to the world long after he had lost his life on the first day of the war. Worse than Hollywood! We kept him alive for all the world to see, keep the Americans fighting for a full sixteen months after the Leader's death. Hah. What genius! The popularity of the western leaders has fallen, while Saddam is considered immortal, unshakable, and resolute. Rumsfeld shows his dismay on CNN, "we have bombed Bagdhad to ruins, and still, Saddam broadcasts, its as if the death of the majority of his people is of no concern. What a butcher!"
As unpleasant as it was working with Saddam, somehow working with Rumsfeld must have been worse for my compatriats at CNN. 2000 tapes were made, Saddam spent more time in our studios than he did at the war council. In fact he had very little to do with the war planning, happy to leave this to his sons. "That rat Uday will enjoy killing Americans" he said, and we filmed him heading up the miliatary campaign table. As soon as the filming was over, we would return to the studio, with Saddam, to make more "broadcasts".
Yes, the TV station was obliterated in the first week of the war. Our task was to narrow cast our transmission to all the world's media, selling our exclusive footage of the Iraq leader at this finest. The 2000 tapes told a story about the war, how Americans were cowards, and did no good for his great country.
But now the soldiers are coming. I hesistate, they will not find Saddam in this deep bunker that evaded their bombs, they will find how Saddam's final act was to dupe them into destroying Iraq. He succeeded.
But let them all know? It seemed better to me to wipe the tapes and led the Saddam myth remain intact.