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Hans Blix

The former Iraq arms inspector is to head the advisory board of the UAE nuclear program. All well and good… But how is Blix linked to Saddam Hussein (via ‘Brangelina’)?

February 24, 2010 1:09 by

King Hussein of Jordan

Hussein bin Talal began his rule Jordan as a 17-year-old schoolboy, upon the abdication of his father. Hussein’s reign lasted until his death in 1999.

Hussein’s family claims a line of descent from the Islamic prophet Muhammad and Ismail, son of the biblical prophet Abraham. “We are the family of the prophet and we are the oldest tribe in the Arab world,” the king once said of his Hashemite ancestry.

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once said that Hussein is caught “between Israel on one side, Iraq and Syria on the other”, referring to the King’s need to walk a tightrope between his Middle Eastern neighbors and Western powers.

An example of this was Jordan’s reaction to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. While Jordan officially stayed neutral in the 1991 Gulf War – in part because of Western pressure – unofficially, it supported Iraq, on which Jordan depended economically.

At the time, Iraq was led by…

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