Kim offers asylum to Saddam


March 3, 2003, 06:49 AM
Send in the clowns......................

Kim offers asylum to Saddam

By Harvey Stockwin

HONG KONG: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has offered political asylum to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, according to a front page story in Sunday’s South China Morning Post.

The bizarre tale appears to be the kind of news story that newspapers like to publish on April Fool’s Day, except for one thing: it has a credible source.

He is Stanley Ho Hung-sun, the wealthy magnate who runs Macau’s gambling casinos, through whom “high-level North Korean officials have offered the Iraqi dictator and his family 11th hour sanctuary in a mountain in North Korea”.

Chinese billionaires like Ho do not always possess political acumen but it is usually difficult to take them for a ride. Ho told the SCMP that senior level North Korean officials “told me that there really was a chance to prevent a war and (they) said that Saddam Hussein could step down two days before the US and Britain started to bomb Iraq and he (Saddam) could call democratic elections”.

Ho goes on to say that “one of the conditions of those elections would be that none of the candidates would be allowed funding from the US, ensuring that there was no American interference in a future Iraqi democratic state. Anyone who did accept money from the US would be shot”—presumably by a Saddam who had not entirely stepped down prior to the election..

Ho extolled this initiative by saying that “it could be (Saddam Hussein’s) trump card. North Korea is willing to give Saddam and his family a mountain in North Korea.”

The news story seems to be straight out of Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not” except for one thing: Ho does have North Korean connections. The SCMP notes that in 1999 Stanley invested US$30 million in the North when he opened a Casino Pyongyang next to the Korean Workers Party headquarters. —TNN

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March 3, 2003, 09:13 AM
Sounds like a great idea. Let Saddam go to PRK and then we turn it into a large, windswept, ice-covered, parking lot. Wonder if Ho can convice OBL to join them?


March 3, 2003, 10:23 AM
Two birds w/ one stone...:evil:

Sir Galahad
March 3, 2003, 11:40 AM
I guess the usual methods of getting a date aren't working, so he'd try this new twist on personal ads.


Fairly weathly Asian single male despot seeks fellow despot for long walks beside concentration camps, listening to romantic pleas for mercy, dinner for two at Lenin's Hideaway, and dancing. I love Donald Duck cartoons and cook up a mean tree bark soup! You are single male despot, cruel without reason, a wild and crazy guy, with no intimacy hang-ups please. Drugs and heavy alcohol abuse ok. No kids you can't have put to death if neccessary. Stalinesque mustache a big plus! Send SASE with photos (include bathing suit photo, please) to North Korea, care of "Great Leader Kimmy-Wimmy" please.

March 3, 2003, 11:46 AM
Wait!! Don't drop bombs on N Korea! Not until Saddam gets there!!

Greg L
March 3, 2003, 12:12 PM
Kind of like OJ sticking up for Robert Blake, not the sort of help that you were looking for. :rolleyes:


March 3, 2003, 12:23 PM
Target rich environment as the mil types say.

March 3, 2003, 03:42 PM
:neener: Especially regarding the replies: :neener:

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