Former Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf has won a “cult following,” reports ABC News.

The man with the mouth has now become a pop icon for his famous invective.

“Sahafomania” has reportedly taken off and exploded.

Now known as just “M.S.S.” to his fans, no one knows where the Iraqi spin-doctor has gone, but the legend lives on.

When armored columns entered Baghdad he said these immortal words, “They’re coming to surrender or be burned in their tanks.”

Before abruptly leaving the Iraqi capital M.S.S. offered this parting and piercing analysis, “[The Coalition is] in a state of hysteria and haste…These villains will not win.”

Known for his endless wit, Saddam’s master of the one-liner offered delicious diatribes for almost any occasion. He called the allies everything from “louts of colonialism” to “wild donkeys.” And once said, “God will roast their stomachs in hell.”

This man obviously has a future as a professional pundit, if only a good agent could find him.

As statues of Saddam came down all over Iraq, a website was built honoring M.S.S. And it has as many as 500,000 visitors in a single day.

The latest info at the site says this master of spin may now be in Syria.

M.S.S. fans seem to resent that their icon was snubbed and didn’t make it into that notorious deck of cards, which includes the Iraqis most wanted by the US.


How many of those bad boys have their own fan site, with coffee mugs and T-shirts?

At the M.S.S. website you can even pick up a barbecue apron emblazoned with what else, “God will roast their stomachs in hell,” his unforgettable motto.

What a guy!

Every war produces its own unique and memorable characters.


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