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McClatchy Washington Bureau | 03/06/2007 | 4 years after invasion, many Iraqis look back with longing

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 03/06/2007 | 4 years after invasion, many Iraqis look back with longing: "BAGHDAD, Iraq - Four years ago, Iraqi poet Abbas Chaychan, a Shiite Muslim who'd been forced into exile during the predominantly Sunni Muslim regime of Saddam Hussein, hailed the American presence here in a poem that praised the top U.S. diplomat in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer.
'We have breakfasts of kabab and qaymar,' he wrote, describing the new Iraq with a reference to a rich cream that's considered a sign of wealth. 'We put, in your stead, Mr. Bremer / Better than a tyrant of our own flesh and blood, and his torture.'
Last January, shortly after Saddam was hanged, Chaychan again put words to paper. But his outlook had changed.
'History is proud to write about him,' he said of Saddam. 'It wasn't a rope that wrapped around the neck / It was the neck that wrapped around the rope. ...
'From his childhood he was a leader, stubborn and against the occupation.' "
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