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Madonna compares Bush to Saddam
Madonna wants to be "part of the order, not the chaos" of the world
Madonna has said US President George Bush and ex-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein are alike because "they are both behaving in an irresponsible manner".

She pulled the anti-war video for her American Life single last year because there was a "lynch-mob" patriotism in the US at the time, she told ABC News.

"I have children to protect and I just didn't think it was the right time."

Madonna's American Life video depicted Mr Bush kissing Saddam Hussein, and her tour has a strong anti-war message.


During the US interview Madonna tried to draw a line under her wild days, vowing to be "part of the order, not the chaos, of the world".

She said: "The stance of a rebel is 'I don't care what you think'. But if it's just for the sake of upsetting the apple cart, you're not really helping people.

"You turn the apple cart over and then what? Then everyone's looking at an apple cart that's turned over and they're like, well, now what do I do?"

The 45-year-old mother-of-two said her days of shedding her clothes on stage or in front of the camera are also over.

Madonna in 1987
Madonna wants to shed her old image

"I thought I was liberating mankind but, like I said, I wasn't really offering an alternative.

"To a certain extent I was saying 'Look, you know, why do men only get the job of objectifying women in a sexual way? I want to do it too.'

"There was an element of that, but there was also an element of being an exhibitionist and saying 'look at me'. It wasn't that altruistic. I can admit that."

Madonna - who was named after her mother - said she now wanted to be called Esther as part of her following of the Kabbalah religious teachings.

"My mother died when she was very young of cancer, and I wanted to attach myself to another name," she said.

"This is in no way a negation of who my mother is. I wanted to attach myself to the energy of a different name."


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