I caught the opening sequence to Dune a few nights back, and came to quite a strange realization:
President Shaddam, controller of Arrakis, has domain over the valuable resource spice.
With a little linguistic legwork and metaphor we have:
President Saddam, controller of Iraq, has domain over the valuable resource oil.
Coincidence?!? I think not. The movie was released at just about the same time as Saddam’s ascension to power, but these names are from Herbert’s novel right? Who is this guy, Rasputin?