To combat that strangely American paranoia over Barack Obama's middle name of Hussein, as in Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., we have scoured the World (Wide Web) to find persons / places / things / ideas that are cooler than Saddam, also named Hussein. For this entry, we'll focus on the late King Hussein of Jordan (1935-1999).
After you take away all the controversies associated with King Hussein's reign over Jordan, here are the cool things leftover:
1. He was friends with Israel without totally pissing off (relatively speaking) neighboring Arab nations;
2. His ham radio call sign was JY1;
3. He did impressions of Dr. Evil from Austin Powers. Luckily for us, he was a friend of the U.S.; otherwise we would have to fear this Hussein's weapon of mass destruction:
Sadly, King Hussein did not live long enough to enjoy the Austin Powers sequels, from which the above clip is taken. Anyhow, as you can see, the late King Hussein is now everyone's best friend. We'll be back soon for more "Cooler than Saddam, Also Named Hussein." And by the way, to help clarify operating terms, "Cooler than..." should be understood as "Not a Homicidal Dictator Like..." just so we're on the same page here.
King Hussein photo credit: United States of America Department of Defense.