If there was any doubt Saddam Hussein had a twisted mind, here is a bizarre Saddam-era relic Iraqi leaders are poring over to prove otherwise. According to the Guardian—a 605 page Qur’an inked in the in the blood of the executed dictator was found. The Guardian reports:
It was etched in the blood of a dictator in a ghoulish bid for piety. Over the course of two painstaking years in the late 1990s, Saddam Hussein had sat regularly with a nurse and an Islamic calligrapher; the former drawing 27 litres of his blood and the latter using it as a macabre ink to transcribe a Qur’an. But since the fall of Baghdad, almost eight years ago, it has stayed largely out of sight - locked away behind three vaulted doors. It is the one part of the ousted tyrant’s legacy that Iraq has simply not known what to do with.
The vault in the vast mosque in Baghdad has remained locked for the past three years, keeping the 114 chapters of the Muslim holy book out of sight - and mind - while those who run Iraq have painstakingly processed the other cultural remnants of 30 years of Saddam and the Ba’ath party.
Sheikh Ahmed al-Samarrai, head of Iraq’s Sunni Endowment fund told the British paper that items in the vault are “priceless” and wort absolutely millions of dollars.”