Out of the Garden

Saddam Hussein has been accused of many atrocities, but one may predate him by a few years. Many Iraqis now claim that Saddam ruined the Garden of Eden during his regime. Critics say he destroyed what was left of the traditional site of the idyllic biblical area, in the southern wetlands, by building dams and draining swamps. "By taking our marshes, he took half our happiness," farmer and teacher Salih Karim Judran told the Associated Press. Then again, other histories have it that the Garden was first ruined by other inhabitants of the region, named Adam and Eve.

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