Memo from JZD to Haddad, 12/20/1978

Megalomania is a psychopathological disorder characterized by delusional fantasies of power, relevance, or omnipotence. It is characterized by an inflated sense of self-esteem and overestimation by persons of their powers and beliefs. —Wikipedia entry on Megalomania.

Below, JZD proposes to spearhead the effort of seizing all the OPEC oil in the middle east. Nope, not kidding.

Okay, maybe it's more than it seems at first read. More likely that he was trying very hard to impress and woo Haddad. If so, he's laying the charm on pretty thick. Haddad apparently had connections to a lot of important people in New York, knew the Kennedys, and was a skilled writer. And JZD did have that bus project he desperately wanted to develop, and he might have seen Haddad as key to gaining NYC as a client.

One only wishes he had gone into more detail. What, specifically was he going to do to destroy the Arabs? Send them a bunch of Chevrolet Vegas? Well, that might have been a good start, actually.

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