The following link is long but fascinating. Every sentence I read made me think; “No, his people can’t possibly think that! They LOVE him over there!”
The guy being interviewed seems to have done his research on the subject, and I don’t doubt that a lot of this is true. If you’re interested in the everpresent situation in the Middle East and insights into why some fanatical proponents of Islam (actually, all fanatical religious figures) are completely fucking our world up, check out Behind the Tyrant: Saddam Hussein.