Saddam Hussein's 270-foot long yacht is being returned to the Iraqi people, according toSail World.That's after a French court ruled in favor of the Iraqi government, and against a Cayman Islands firm partly owned by Jordan's King Abdullah. Saddam ordered the yacht in 1981 but reportedly never set foot on it, for fear it would be bombed. So what's the point? For years he let the Saudi Royal Family keep it. Sail World says the yacht included 14 bedrooms, swimming pools and a mosque. "It also has a missile defense system and a mini-submarine to help him escape in case of a possible attack." Yep, he knew how to relax. The yacht has had several names over the years: Saddam named it "Qadissiyat Saddam" after a famous seventh century battle.
The Saudis later renamed it "The Dove," and most recently, the Cayman group named it "Ocean Breeze." Last year, the Cayman group tried to sell the yacht for $35 million, but the court stepped in when the Iraqi government complained. "French police and legal officials boarded the yacht," Sail-World reports, "and reportedly found a document which stated the Qadisiyah Saddam belonged to the Iraqi government. However...in marine circles it was generally believed to have been presented earlier in 2007 as a - cough - souvenir to Jordan's King Abdullah." Cough? Nice touch in blog writing! I'll have to borrow it.