Some guys have more interesting lives than others.
I’d prefer boring to some of the things this guy’s been through.
There are some real patriots working to help us American military. This is one of them, a friend of mine.
Saleh was arrested in 1980 for helping his three siblings cross the border to seek refuge, which they found in Sweden. Saleh did not see them again until December 2008.
After his arrest, Saleh was sent to Abu Ghraib, the same prison that was the site of atrocities committed by American soldiers on Iraqi military prisoners after the 2003 U.S. invasion.
Saleh said he was tortured throughout his prison term, occasionally being forced to drag his naked body across asphalt and spending up to 20 consecutive days in solitary confinement, occupying a toiletless room so small he could not lie down.
“When you get out, you’re not like a human being,” he said. “Like an animal.”
After being imprisoned for more than five years, Saleh was released when Saddam pardoned a slew of prisoners on the dictator’s birthday. He was released two weeks later on May 10, 1986.
Saleh remained in Iraq for 13 years, working for the government and being required to sign in once a week at a local police station to show that he had not fled.
But he did just that in 1999, when he headed north for the Kurdish region of Iraq. From there, Saleh paid a guide to lead him and his family across the border to Syria, which they reached by walking for three nights. They could not travel by day, he said, because it would have put them at risk of being caught.
Saleh was arrested by Syrian authorities soon after crossing the border, suspected of being an Iraqi spy.
A complex man, a raconteur, a romantic; one of those guys who did a lot of Interesting Things that I’m not mentioning here. There are a lot of people doing what he’s doing now, many with equally interesting stories…