Skip to comments.Uday’s Baghdad Villas Demolished, New Saudi Embassy Slated for Site
Posted on 04/06/2009 6:17:46 PM PDT by SandRat
BAGHDAD — It has been said that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. But a group of Iraqi contractors, with the help of a U.S. Airman, are taking a different approach. They are burying the past to rebuild a new future.
The past, in this case, are three villas located here in the International Zone, two of which once belonged to Saddam Hussein’s eldest son Uday. Known for his brutality, Uday often used these villas to torture, rape and murder many of his victims. For the Iraqis still here, the buildings have become an eyesore and constant reminder of the tyrant, until now.
With the help of Capt. Michelle Sterling, Joint Area Support Group – Central project payment officer, the villas are now being demolished to make room for a new foreign embassy.
“This villa was once lived in by a bath party member,” said Sterling. “And the villas next door, which we are also demolishing, belonged to Uday Hussein. And what we are doing is bringing them back down to a level site. And the Saudi’s are actually going to build their embassy here.”
As the contracting officer and technical evaluator for the demolition, Sterling has a dual role in the demo process.
“Essentially this is Iraqi money,” she said. “It’s an Iraqi project and they came to us and said, ‘please help us meet our needs and our requirements with this project.’ So I am acting as the contracting officer and as the technical evaluator. In this capacity I obligated the government, I signed the purchase request and I authorized the change orders.”
The demolition, which should be complete by mid April, is on schedule, and according to Tommy Tuliao, First Iraqi Construction Company and project manager for the demo, is a very important venture for him and the Iraqi people.
“It is very important for us,” he said. “We are providing jobs to the Iraqis and helping them rebuild their country.”
Sterling said demolishing the villas is not only important to the Iraqis in a business sense but also in removing it from the front of the Iraqis minds.
“He [Uday Hussein] was pretty infamous for how sadistic he was to anybody who wasn’t in his good graces,” she said. “So this is a place where a lot of terrible things happened. And to be able to demolish it and remove it from the Iraqis psyche, I think is important,” she said. “I think it’s a good thing to get rid of some of the more painful parts of their past. You can’t ignore history, especially in this part of the world; but to be able to start over again is important.”
Fun... replace one piece of garbage with another.
Is the golden toilet on ebay yet?
Maddoff bought it.
“Pimp my cell”?
Six of one, half a dozen of the other ... but I’ll bet Capt. Michelle is having fun blowing them up and tearing them down, anyway.
Removing the Houses of Horror.
A very worthwhile job.
What a shame. I’m sure they were beautifully decorated.
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