Saddam or Hussein
“The Observer answers a question I’d wondered about numerous times recently: Why we much prefer Saddam to Mr Hussein. I’d been wondering why editors and writers chose “Saddam” vs. “Hussein.””[Backup Brain]
The problem is the assumption that Hussein is a surname. Middle East experts explain that calling Saddam ‘Mr Hussein’ is like calling George W. Bush ‘Mr W’. Traditionally, an Arab male’s full name consists of his first name, followed by his father’s first name and then his grandfather’s. Using this formula, the Iraqi President’s name is Saddam Hussein abd al-Majid.
However, Iraq abolished all surnames when Saddam came to power, possibly because an increasing number of people in power shared the name ‘al-Takriti’, indicating they all sprang from Saddam’s home town.