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SADDAM HUSSEIN COMMEMORATION: JANUARY 1, 2009

INTRODUCTION

On January 1, 2009, a couple of dozen people met at my house in La Mesa, California, to commemorate the second anniversary of the murder of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The event was international because several comrades from various countries sent their own messages about the impact of Saddam’s death as well as the accomplishments Iraq made under the Ba'ath regime.

Included here are the statements of those who sent their messages.

By reading them, they were present as well. The last statement came from the grave. Comrade Husayn al-Kurdi presented the emotional message that Saddam Hussein had hand-written while incarcerated by the U.S. and its Iraqi quislings. The President addressed the people of the U.S.

I would like to thank those who attended the event, as well as comrades Al-alak. Ebeid, Baghdadi and Anwar, who were there with their words, if not their physical presence.

Jeff Archer

From Ali Baghdadi, Publisher of Arab Journal

Ladies and gentlemen,

Friends and supporters of the Iraqi resistance

The story of Abraham’s attempt to sacrifice his son in obedience to his God, according to Jewish and non-Jewish contemporary archeologists and historians, is a myth, one of the many Jewish inventions.

Nevertheless, Saddam Hussein’s sacrifice of his two sons, grandson, family members, and his own life in the Mother of all Battles that the United States, with all its destructive power, cannot end, is real, not fiction. Hundreds of millions throughout the world saw him walking to the gallows, calm, composed, with his head up high and defiant.

That day was and is the true Eid of Sacrifice. We Palestinians honor and celebrate his great memory on this day. It gave us pride and hope, and strengthened our determination to continue the march. Victory is on the horizon.

Saddam loved Palestine and we loved Saddam. Had he betrayed Palestine and the Palestinians, Saddam would have been alive today.

He would be joining President Mubarak of Egypt, King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia, and King Abdallah II in the American Zionist conspiracy and attempt to crush the Palestinians.

I wish I am with you in person as you gather to commemorate the life of Saddam Hussein. It is a great honor. Unfortunately, I cannot. I have been pinned down day and night to satellite TV. I have been watching live the bloodbath and the holocaust being inflicted on the helpless people of Gaza. I have been watching American weapons of mass destruction in action. I have been watching the F16s, the Apache helicopters, and gun boats dropping the most destructive bombs, "Israel's" Christmas and new year's fireworks, on people who have no means to reach them. I have been watching body parts of men, women and children scattered in the streets and pulled from underneath the rubble. I have been watching Israeli rockets targeting apartment buildings, homes, schools, universities, mosques, clinics, and even ambulances. The Islamic University, the oldest and largest scientific complex in Gaza, was hit and destroyed a couple days ago. Today, Dar al-Arqam, a highly respected private school, received the same fate. Arab educational institutions, according to American and Israeli leaders, are legitimate targets. They produce "terrorists".

What hurts me the most is the fact that I can only watch the blood bath, the genocide and the holocaust the helpless and defenseless Palestinians are subjected to. Bush designated Palestinian charitable institutions which assist orphans and widows as terrorist organizations.

Aiding those institutions is punishable by long term jail sentences.

Gaza has been under Israeli military siege for many months. Civilians are denied all basic requirements of life, food, drinking water, medicine, electricity and fuel.

Ironically, President-elect Obama has been having a good time in Hawaii. He pretends to be deaf and blind. Those who expected change from Obama may soon be disappointed. Unless he speaks out and take positive and courageous steps against occupation, oppression and genocide, Obama will soon be next to Bush, a mass murderer and war criminal, in history books. Silence is complicity.

Five days have passed and none of "Israel's" objectives have been realized. Palestinian will to resist will not be broken. Palestinian resistance has made it clear; no negotiations will be considered until aggression is completely stopped; unless the siege of Gaza is fully lifted; and unless the people of Gaza exercise their right to move, travel and trade freely and have communication with the world. Gaza is the most densely area in the world. One and a half million Palestinians live in 150 square miles. More than 500 targets were indiscriminately hit and destroyed. All-out-starvation has not worked. All-out-war will also fail.

Palestinians are fighting back. Their homemade rockets, small and primitive, have forced almost one million Jewish settlers to hide in shelters. Remember that the settlements Palestinians hit, are towns and villages from which they were forcefully evicted by Jewish gangs, robbers and bandits.

"Israel" was defeated in Southern Lebanon in July of 2006. Certainly, Israel will be defeated in Gaza. Victory of the oppressed will prevail.

We see it now in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Saddam is satisfied, contented and at peace in his grave.

From Hussein Al-alak, Chairman,

The Iraq Solidarity Campaign

Beloved Comrades,

It was with great honour, that our friend and comrade Jeff, asked me to write you a few words explaining what the illegal murder of Saddam Hussain has meant to the people of Iraq and the impact which this killing has had upon the respect and dignity of not just the nation of Iraq but to the people of our besieged region.

When Saddam was killed two years ago, many people rejoiced in the blood thirsty lust of the occupations puppets, that having killed the President of Iraq on the say so of Washington and Tehran, the occupation and their agents hoped to achieve one goal, which had nothing to do with the facade of peace and justice but to legitimise the

presence of foreign troops, the mass murder of over one million Iraqi citizens and the systematic ethnic cleansing of a nation.

Many politicians feared the repercussion of denouncing that crime, when having sentenced Saddam through a farcical legal system, which allows the rape of men, women and children in its care, that those perverts then dared to try and silence all opposition, although the masses of the world looked upon with horror, as they saw with their own eyes that British and American troops were still based in Iraq with the sole purpose of protecting the positions of barbarians and the assets of Capitalism, which in unity have sentenced over five million of our children to lives as orphans, through the protective glare of the Green Zone.

What Imperialism does not acknowledge though, is that the murder of Saddam did not destroy the resistance to global Imperialism and its assistants in the form of Maliki or Talabani, but what the murder created was a resurrection in the minds of all conscious Arabs and revolutionaries, a resurrection which brought back a flood of memories, where people felt the achievements of Iraq surge through their bodies, where people recalled the tangible and concrete facts of the nationalisation of our oil, of the revenues from this, which were distributed equally into the development of a functioning and prosperous state that provided for the full education, and other social benefits, of each and every Iraqi from the cradle through the grave.

It was a day which allowed every Iraqi to recall their own history, when realisation struck that over 1.5 million children had already died as a result of embargo related causes, when having put in place the brutal regime of Sanctions in the 1990's, that Imperialism had sought to first destroy Iraq through the killing of children but had been met with the most furious of resistance and Iraq had also made itself the most loyal of friends.

Saddam was killed under the pretexts of the Anfal and Halabja but what we said then still applies today, that Saddam was killed out of an attempt to deviate peoples minds away from the truth, the truth being that the Ba’ath and the Iraqi people refused to hand over the country, its oil and vast resources into the greedy hands of Capitalism and that Iraq is still standing two years after the death of Saddam, as being the country which is actively resisting the menaces of war, imperialism, colonialism and Zionism.

Long Live the Republic of Iraq!

Long Live Socialism!

Your brother and comrade,

Hussein Al-alak

From Ibrahim Ebeid, English editor of www.al-moharer.net

My Dear Comrades and Friends

From Ibrahim Ebeid, English editor of www.al-moharer.net

I had the honor to meet and to talk to Saddam Hussein several times, before and after he assumed the Presidency. I found in him several qualities that shaped him to be a leader. He was very humble, very intelligent and above all he made you feel close to him and that he was part of the people, not above the people. Every time I met him I

felt at ease, as I was in presence of a friend.

I recall a meeting with him in a large hall in Baghdad; he was talking to Baathists from various parts of the World. He refused to be called Mr. President, he asked us to call him Comrade Saddam or Abu Udai, every one was very pleased and open, and the discussion went on in a democratic way, every comrade raised his / her concerns directly and frankly. His answers were very straight, even he told one of the Comrades, "If you do not like or agree with us, or with the Leadership, in

the next conference do not vote for us and we will abide.

In one of his meetings in the Presidential Palace with Baath Party Organizations from Europe, Canada, and the US he stood up in the middle of the hall and asked the Comrades to gather around him and not to sit on chairs and couches because we were not guests, he wanted the atmosphere to be friendlier and warm. It was a hot day in July and the student organizations were helping building a modern village for Egyptian farmers in lands given to them by the Iraqi Government, Saddam asked the comrades to extend their stay in Iraq and to participate in building the village. It was an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

I will never forget the day when he accepted the task to be the President and the leader of Iraq when he appeared on Television saying "I will not call on my comrades in the Command and in the Party, or on my brothers, the people, to do anything I would not do myself, or forbid them anything I would not forbid myself. Our duty is to strive for justice and to struggle against oppression. We will not accept that any comrade in our Party, or any member of the people, be humiliated.

We will overcome tyranny in all its forms; we will safeguard justice when called on to do so. Power is not wielded for self-satisfaction; it is a burden we carry in order to translate principles into reality in the service of the people, safeguarding the nation and eradicating injustice.

Comrade Abu Haitham (Ahmad Hassan al Bakr) has given up his official responsibilities in the Party and the State, but he remains in our hearts the father and the leader whose long struggle we admire and look up to, and who has rendered the greatest service to his Party and his nation. I, and my comrades in the Command, wish him good health and well-being so that he may remain long by our side, our father and our comrade. Comrade Ahmad Hassan Bakr has struggled throughout his life in order to ensure freedom, justice and dignity for our people and did not hesitate to sacrifice all for its sake; the people will always look up to him, in appreciation of his service to the nation."

He was a true leader, a humble and honorable one. He was a courageous man, a Revolutionary Leader who believed in the integrity and love to his people and his country. "Long Live Iraq and Long live Palestine Arab and free, from the river to the sea" were his last words when he marched proudly to the gallows.

The struggle will continue. Iraq and Palestine will be free and Saddam Hussein will be with us forever.

From Layla Anwar of Arab Woman Blues

Ya Sayyed Saddam,

Some say they don't wish to remember

and some say they will remember you, today,

and I say we have never forgotten you...

I haven't...

I need not remember, for there is not one day that passes under the

occupation of my beloved without you being included in my thoughts.

It is not some fixation or some obssession, as numerous have accused

me of, nor is it some hidden secret love affair that I try to

sublimate...none of that...

You are remembered everyday because for me, you are alive...alive

through your vision, your words, your acts, your sacrifice...your ultimate

sacrifice, that of yourself, of your life, for Her, for my Beloved...and

her people...

How can anyone forget that ? How can anyone under Occupation,

who witnesses daily sacrifices not remember the ultimate one that you

offered ?

You are in Peace and very much alive in our hearts and minds...daily

alive..

We are not at peace and we walk half dead...soul squeletons moving

about...

With a vivid presence giving us hope...You and what you represent.

They say Death and Forgetfulness go hand in hand...

Not so...

How can anyone remember when one never forgets ?

Layla Anwar

To the American People

Saddam Hussein: July 7, 2006

I address you in this letter from the place of my confinement, as my attempt on the basis of my moral, human, and constitutional responsibility so that no one among you might say that no one came to us with a message of peace after the war began, refuting the arguments for it and desiring peace for you and for our upright, loyal, heroic people.

And as I say this, I do no know whether my brothers and comrades who are leading the Resistance outside the prison have come to you with a letter before or not. That is because the "democracy" of your leaders has prevented me since my arrest and until now from getting newspapers and magazines or hearing radio and television and has isolated me from the world and has isolated the world from me so that I might not hear or see anything from outside my place of confinement.

Is this the true face of democracy and human rights that they advocate outside America!? Or have your rulers lied about it? This includes the killing of people in prisons and jails, some of them by means of the pistols of the American investigators. Or has all of this along with other details that would turn an attentive person's hair white been concealed from you by your officials such that you do not know the

truth!?

Anyway, I address you with this letter of mine in the hope that it will reach you and that you will hear it or read it. And on the basis of my responsibility to bring the facts before people, whatever their color or nationality, for that is our duty to them, just as they have a duty to us not to accept evil.

I address you today as my attorney the eminent lawyer and Professor Ramsey Clark has asked that I write this letter of mine to you.

Professor Ramsey has presented an excellent example of a humanitarian in his person and in his colleague Professor Curtis Dobler, both of whom left a positive personal impression on me. On this occasion I wish to salute their courage as they have volunteered for the task although they know the dangers that surround them in carrying out their duty, in particular after criminals have killed four of the defense attorneys.

People of America, it still seems to me that the officials in your government are still lying to you and are not giving you true explanations of the reasons that led them to embark on their aggression against Iraq. In what they have said about the reasons they have deceived, from the starting point, not only the international community, and in particular the European Community but also the peoples of America themselves, knowing beforehand that the facts were contrary to what they were declaring. Untrue is what they said, after their lies were exposed, about having been deceived by their intelligence agencies and by the stooges that they brought along to serve as their puppets in Iraq, just as old imperialism and the old empires of the 19th and 20th centuries used to do. What we are saying is based on many facts, the major ones being as follows:

1. The inspection teams – that came to Iraq in the name of the United Nations and carried out searches even of some private houses as well as government departments, presidential palaces and government documents – those teams knew that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction because most of the leading members in those teams were Americans and British and in addition they had spies and volunteers of other nationalities. Those teams searched Iraq piece by piece from one end to the other and never found any information contrary to what they and others were told by Iraqi government representatives.

The inspections lasted for more than seven years. And in addition to the teams that traveled by car and on foot, they used spy planes, helicopters, and satellites in space. The American and English officials thought that this was their historic chance to strike Iraq and destroy its legitimate aspirations and the lofty cultural and scientific achievements made in the course of 35 years, making use of the information gathered by their spies in the inspection teams and making use of the so-called war on terror after the 11 September incident that struck America.

They shuffled the cards to bring up the goals that they had already decided upon earlier, and these were not the goals that they publicly announced at the starting line.

It was their assessment that the unjust embargo had not destroyed Iraq's will nor halted its legitimate aspirations to develop economically, culturally, scientifically, and as a civilization in the conditions of a new independence. They believed that Iraq had come close at that time to breaking the economic embargo as the result of the cooperation of those who cooperated with Iraq on the basis of mutual benefit and fraternal national feelings as far as the Arabs were concerned. The officials in your country thought that this was their chance to impose their will on the world by means of their control of the Middle East's oil and its production and marketing in new ways and for new goals – those about which we spoke in and before the year 2003 – in addition to attaining one of their Zionist goals and winning support in the election.

Iran and its lackeys played a dirty role in making aggression appear attractive and in facilitating its implementation.

2. The American officials did not withdraw from Iraq after they became hard pressed, but declared that the facts were contrary to what they had claimed before the invasion that took place in March and April of the year 2003. If they had been truthful when they claimed that they had been deceived as a result of the information they had been given and which they used as the cover for their invasion, and which they declared at the time was sufficient justification for the invasion – declaring at the time that it involved things that they said affected the security of the United States – then they would have withdrawn from Iraq after discovering that that information had been false.

They would have apologized to the heroic Iraqi people, to the American people and to the people of the world for what they had done.

None of the Americans asked their government before the war how Iraq, a country that had still not emerged from backwardness, could threaten the security of a country like America across the Atlantic.

And for that matter why would Iraq want to threaten America, which at that time had not violated the territory of Iraq. If the American officials wanted to promote the claim that Iraq's threat was precisely involved in the opposing stances taken by Iraq and America over the Zionist occupation of the land of Palestine and other Arab land, it could be said that Iraq is not the only state that takes an opposing stance to that of America in regards to the issue, whether that be Arab states or other states in the world. Furthermore, who has authorized America to make the countries of the world tailor their policies to America’s measurements, and if they don’t oblige, then war should be waged against them? How can one understand America's call for democracy if it does not permit a difference of opinion even in issues of a regional character, to say nothing of international ones?

Another lie was the claim of American officials that Iraq had links to what they called terrorism, although British Prime Minister Blair declared that Iraq does not have any ties to so-called terrorism and had no internationally prohibited weapons, forcing Bush to declare the same thing. Despite that, none of the important American personalities asked President Bush on what sort of rational analysis or what sort of realistic information this claim rested. Do you know, esteemed ladies and gentlemen, why they didn’t ask? Because some of your prominent personalities are directed in what they do by hidden forces that distorted the image you received of Iraq's positions. They had been laying the groundwork for years to facilitate aggression from the start.

Therefore no one asked the American officials, for example, why no Iraqi took part in the events of 11 September!? And if the participation of individuals in the attack on American targets isn't to be taken as proof of the involvement of any country in those events, then how do you accuse a state like Iraq, the features of whose political system are known, of so-called relations with terror? How can you consider this charge to be one of only two on the basis of which aggression was launched against the people of Iraq, destroying their property and achievements and bringing their lives under daily and direct threat?

Do you know, esteemed ladies and gentlemen, that I asked one of the American officials who talked with me perhaps two weeks after my arrest, just what was it that you based those false charges on? He said that as far as the weapons of mass destruction were concerned, "we didn't have anything to confirm what you were saying." And as for the links to terrorism, he said, because you, Saddam Hussein, did not send a letter of condolence to President Bush after the incident [of 11 September].

I smiled bitterly and told him: as regards your claim that you didn't have confirmation of our statements, it seems that your officials lie and imagine that officials in countries around the world do not tell the truth, or that many of those who have relations with you in fact do not tell you the truth, neither when they oppose your policies nor when they agree with them. This is a dangerous matter, not only for the countries of the world but because they then pose a danger for America as well, if nobody in the world will tell America: 'this is a mistake' and ‘this is unacceptable’! And at that time when American planes were striking targets in Iraq and destroying public and private property, killing Iraqi citizens including women and children for no reason and imposing on Iraq their unjust embargo, prohibiting Iraq from importing even pencils for children to use in primary schools, what exactly is it that should obligate Saddam Hussein to send a telegram of condolences to the president of the state whose officials have committed all those crimes, unless it be out of hypocrisy and weakness? But because I am neither a hypocrite nor a weakling I didn’t send Bush a telegram of condolence. But I did agree on the telegram sent containing condolences in the name of the government of Iraq and sent by Comrade Tariq Aziz, the Deputy Prime Minister, to our friend Ramsey Clark and through him to the stricken families.

Are the great states so deluded as to imagine that whoever does not send a letter of condolence deserves that war should be waged against him, his country, and his people!? Here you see how the American officials used even your own blood to promote their reckless, aggressive policy. Is this the kind of morality that people should have? Or men? Or officials? There is nothing graver than for disasters to ravage people who have been stricken by delusions, committed wrongs, and wantonly despised the roles of others. The worst disease of the American officials who involved the Americans in war against Iraq is this.

3. After I was arrested they made vain attempts to use intimidation and threats against me. One of their generals conveyed that intimidation and host threats and tried to bargain with me, promising to let me live if I agreed to read in my own voice and sign a prepared announcement that was shown to me. That stupid announcement called on the people of Iraq and the courageous Resistance to lay down arms.

They said that if I refused, my fate would be that I would be shot just like Mussolini, as my interlocutor put it. But, as you know me and would expect of me, I disdainfully refused, not even touching that dirty document with my hand and sullying myself with it. I told them if I were given the chance to address my people, I would call them to more resistance.

Seven days later, to reinforce themselves, they sent a group to talk with me. They said they were from an American University and that they wanted to engage me in a broad discussion. I agreed and I confirmed to them that Iraq didn’t have any of the things the American officials claimed and I advised them [the US] to leave Iraq quickly and

apologize to the people, warning them that they were going to get what they now are facing and what they are now embroiled in – in fact, the fate I expect for them is worse than what they are facing now – and they will never have an adequate chance to pull their arms and equipment out of Iraq if the two halves of Iraq engulf them, and they will engulf them, God willing, because our people are deeply rooted and conscious. They know that our liberation can be clean and complete only with their unity, and that tolerance must be the basis for the orientations of our people within their ranks, and that wounds must be bound up, not ripped open.

I say, I told them all that at that time but they didn't change their methods; they didn’t replace the keys of falsehood, and they are still knocking on the doors of wrong, failing to try the door of legitimacy, even though they now know. In this connection, attached to this letter are some verses from a long ode; a selection of 56 verses. [Not translated here.]

4. It is neither reasonable nor convincing that a country like America to which the doors of the intelligence agencies in the east and most of the countries of the west have been opened did not know the truth and could not know the truth. Although I am convinced and believe that many countries in the world have an interest in war or wars, she [the United States] does not have an interest in war even though she might believe she does. The contrary, in fact, is the case. America is a big country on the other side of the Atlantic. It has developed a unique unparalleled power such that I think some people there imagine that it is on its way to attaining the crown of the world all for itself as a world empire. Have they not learned a lesson from their war in Viet Nam? The west used to promote the idea that world Communism and the Soviet bloc threatened their interests and also the security of the entire west. But despite that promotion, this was nothing but a flimsy cover. Nevertheless, America used it and wrapped itself in it until the heroic Vietnamese people expelled them by force.

As to their invasion of Iraq, it came in a situation that made the first step easy from the standpoint of the reaction of the international community because of the international balance of forces. But it came in a situation that might make it more costly that its war in Viet Nam.

That is because when America was expelled from Viet Nam it did not lose its standing, or we might say it only lost a small part of its standing.

But when it is expelled and routed from Iraq, which has no great power to support it directly, it will lose the fundamental basis of its standing.

In fact it has now already lost the foundation for that standing and its reputation has begun to decay. It is no longer able to wield the big stick that it formerly threatened to use. It used to accomplish more by threatening to use force than by really using force. I will go further and say that after its war in Iraq, that stick no longer frightens many people and America has come to need the silence of the smallest and simplest countries and tries to please them in order to get them to stay quiet about America's crimes and reckless, deviant policies.

Before, many of the world’s countries used to court the United States and most countries in the world, all except a few, used to fear her threats or parried them with defensive arguments. But now Mao Zedong of fond memory is laughing in his grave because his prediction has been fulfilled and America is a paper tiger. This is by the will of the Living Eternal God, and by His agents on earth, the heroic Mujahideen in glorious, virtuous, militant, jihadist Iraq. So God bless the heroic people of Iraq and God bless the jihad and the mujahideen.

Esteemed ladies and gentlemen of the peoples of America, the time has come to an end in which greatest and best-equipped armies could scatter the organized formations of the opposing army and thereby bring a war to a close. Now you see our courageous army, our heroic people, and our Mujahideen replacing the system of organized formations with a new kind of warfare. And when the Americans on the ground become targets in the vicinity of the guns of the revolutionaries, who attack them as deadly human bombs with nothing more than their bodies filled with faith in God, American superiority is worn down over time. In fact in the near future that superiority will become a burden whose equipment will be difficult to withdraw. So, will America trust the voice of rationality and logic that calls for the preservation of what still remains, or will Satan the deceiver and the hate-filled supporters of Zionism keep pushing the Americans until the waves swallow them and they sink to the depths of the raging sea.

Who, after all, appointed the American government to be the world policeman, to form the world in the mold that it likes, giving national orders to the countries of the world?

Saddam Hussein, ladies and gentlemen, is an honorable patriot and an honest man. He is a statesman resolute in implementing the law, just, but benevolent. He loves his people and his nation. He is straightforward, doesn’t double-cross or deceive. He speaks the truth even against himself. Do tyrants like Bush like such characteristics? If he were a person like De Gaulle or even like Reagan, perhaps he would understand them, or at least would not abhor them. But I must say to you that your country will discover more, esteemed ladies and gentlemen.

It has lost his reputation and his standing. Indeed the American who used to travel around the world respected and safe and welcomed wherever he went, is now no longer able to step outside America without a mine detector. And the State Department issues warnings for you constantly about what world regions are dangerous to American lives.

It was American officials and their polices themselves that have created an atmosphere of anti-American hatred in the world by means of their arrogant behavior, their haughty aggressive attitude, their lack of respect for international law and the security of the world – including the security of my Arab Nation through their support for the Zionist entity in Palestine – and other world and human issues.

Today you are in a bad predicament with the world and nobody can rescue you but yourselves. If you reform, you will open for the world and for yourselves a new opportunity. But if you are heedless, that is your decision. What you need is free and fair competition and peace in order to have security.

The years that followed the 18th century had long gone when they came as invaders to the Middle East to bring back memories of things that awaken and arouse. The Middle East, and the Arab homeland in particular, was the cradle of prophets and messengers from God. Is the cradle of the prophets, where the prophets are buried in their tombs, also the home of devils and their mirror images – the malicious invaders?

We have believed, and our faith was suited to us, Then came the Zionists with a devil for a guide. They stormed in on us as invaders, unjust. They did not stop their advance nor sit still, Their diabolical patron has prepared their dilemma. But as for us, we have the Merciful God as Patron.

People of America, despite the crimes your government inflicted on our people, our Arab Nation and humanity, the people of Iraq – and I mean by that the Iraqis, not those with split loyalties who prefer to serve foreigners rather than their own people – I say the free people of Iraq even in their present circumstances are not thinking about their destiny alone but about the destiny of others wherever it's possible to create a solution that treats a painful problem.

On this basis I said to some Americans when I was in my prison, why don’t you come to an agreement with the Resistance to designate a country with a charter and power to which the Resistance can hand over those American soldiers whom they capture, rather than executing them as currently is said to be taking place. In fact the extent to which the Resistance is responsible for this is unknown, but people who are equitable know that America has not abided by international law in any of its activities in Iraq, including the Geneva Conventions regarding prisoners and detainees. The Resistance has no secure place in Iraq where prisoners can be kept. So whether the Resistance is at all responsible, or whether the responsibility lies with some other parties that have no connection to the Resistance, the justification for it is that there is no secure place for prisoners to be kept.

Therefore in order to fulfill humanitarian needs and to eliminate the justification [for killing prisoners] I make this proposal to you and to the national Resistance and to anyone concerned, and I make this with the best of intentions. If you accept it and respect the Geneva Conventions then the argument of those who kill rather than detain prisoners will have vanished. But if your government does not accept it, then it will bear the responsibility for refusing and for whatever befalls our people and the heroic Resistance as a result of your government’s violation of international law. This will be particularly true if the number of American prisoners increases in the future, and we think that it will increase. Or is it that your government can't see anything until it feels it?

Esteemed ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for your government to look at all people as equals before international law regardless of the size of the countries to which they belong. Whoever violates international law in his policies and the behavior of his army, he alone must bear the consequences for that policy. And if his policies are not in accordance with the letter of international law, he has no right to call others to protect his rights in accordance with that law.

Esteemed ladies and gentlemen, whoever missed his or her chance to take action to try to prevent the war still has a chance to act to end it and bring back peace and freedom to Iraq in accordance with the choice of its people without foreign interference by anyone whoever that may be.

People of America, I address you not from weakness nor as a supplicant.

I, my people, my brothers, comrades, and my nation – we address you on the basis of our moral and human responsibility. I tell you that officials whom you know, and first among them your President, lied to you and deceived you and tricked you using the media that portrayed Iraq to you as incorrigible, and Saddam Hussein as a hateful dictator, and that his people hate him and that his people are just waiting for their chance to get at him. Some of them just wallowed in lying falsehood to the point that they openly declared that the Iraqis would meet the invading armies with roses and celebration.

Know that lots of people don't do a lot of analysis; they don't have the time or the ability or the desire to do careful assessments when presented with falsified news so as to uncover the truth. The American peoples had no chance to inquire, for example: why, if the people of Iraq hate Saddam Hussein, how he managed to defeat the Iran of Khomeini after eight years in the aggressive war that Iran sought to impose on us under the slogan of exporting the revolution beginning with Iraq? People of America, the victory over Khomeini's Iran was not due to the short length of the war, but came only after eight years of grinding warfare in which tens of thousands fell and hundreds of thousands on the Iranian side.

Then if Saddam Hussein were a dictator, why did he establish a parliament with elections for the first time in the year 1980 during wartime, when there had been no parliament in Iraq since 1958? If he and his government were dictators, how could he visit schools, universities, towns, and villages and spend the night with the people wherever the sun went down? How could he travel around and lead at the battle front at night and during the day even in the trenches in the front lines on the battlefield among the Muslim soldiers!?

Yes, esteemed ladies and gentlemen, your government deceived you, and you, or rather most of you, had no chance to inquire of themselves or of others in order to discover the truth because the Zionists in the lobby who advocated the war together with some of the centers of power were deceiving you and tricking you, hiding from your eyes the real truth, exchanging the facts for falsified and slanted information.

Last but not least in this regard, if Saddam Hussein were a dictator hated and despised by his people, how is it that his people endured him and why was he chosen President by referendum?

People of America, the misfortunes that have afflicted you and afflicted our Arab Nation and within it our heroic Iraqi people – including the breakdown of America’s standing and reputation – were only caused by the reckless behavior of your government and by pressure from Zionism and power centers that influenced the government to commit those crimes and scandalous actions for specific ends that have nothing to do with the interest of the American peoples. The massacres and blood that now flows in the streets and countryside of Iraq in torrents – the responsibility for that falls on America before all others. You know, or rather you have now come to learn, that neither the stooges whom the American forces brought in on board their aircraft or as shamefaced presents aboard their tanks, nor Iran, which pushed and still pushes forward those who support it and whom they support, would be able to cause the bloodshed, or the destruction of the honor, and property of our people and our state had not America undertaken the aggression and invasion and issued the orders. It is still issuing orders in the Green Zone. Therefore America bears the burden of all those crimes and outrages. So, will you put an end to what is going on by using the methods of direct truth without evasion and digression? Or will you invite the machine of death to continue to eat away at the flesh of Iraqis and the flesh of Americans without doing anything to resolve this?

It is your historical responsibility, esteemed ladies and gentlemen.

If you reform, you could save what remains of the standing and reputation of America and its legitimate interests. If you do nothing, you will be keeping silent over something evil. “God grant us patient perseverance and let us die as Muslims.” [Qur'an, 7:126]

People of America, the wars that your government promotes in the world – one of them being the war in Iraq – with input from certain centers of power – which you know better than we – are not in the interests of the American people. You know better than many how you paid in blood so that you might liberate yourselves from British colonialism and after that how the United States of America was unified and what rivers of blood were shed in order for that to come about. So, esteemed ladies and gentlemen, how do you accept this interference that abases America before it abases Iraq? How can you accept not only the invasion but becoming mired in the internal affairs of Iraq? You know that Iraq is a land of prophets, messengers, and righteous figures. You know that Baghdad is the fourth holiest city in the Arab homeland – after Mecca, al-Madinah, and Jerusalem – in the sight of all of the Islamic world and all of our Arab Nation. How can one imagine that Iraq could reconcile itself to colonial rule, even if it comes, this time, under another name and with other slogans? Save your country, esteemed ladies and gentlemen, and leave Iraq.

SaddamHussein, President of the Republic of Iraq and

Commander in Chief of the Mujahid Armed Forces. 7 July 2006.

THE LINK : http://www.al-moharer.net/iraqi_files/saddam_hussein_commemoration.htm

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I cant help to be very skeptical about any letter that discrediits Israel and sings the praises of Muslims who all hate America "The Great Satan" to all muslims. Saddam (the wonderful emmissary of peace) killed and committed genocide of his own people and Kuwaiti peoples. He was a killer and a warmonger as are all muslims. If you are not a muslim even the peaceful muslims shrug their shoulders at your brutal death and say you deserved to die for not being Muslim. This is anoither propaganda tool for anti-Israel sentiment. The main theme folks is for America to drop Israel and let Muslims destroy them. Be careful of what you wish for because when you get it it will be your very worse nightmare. It is all foretold in a set of books that has been true in every prophecy. Sigh Here we go again. Enjoy.

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Thank You ALBUNDY

Still taking it in... I do know we were lied to then just as we are being lied to now.

I was younger when we went into Iraq, although I knew it was wrong, I just stayed quiet because everyone else was.

Not this time, not with Iran... I am going to yell it from the roof tops what an insane lie we are being told.

The SAME ONE that we were told about Iraq.

This makes me want to burn my dinar. I thought investing would help them rebuild but I just don't know anymore...

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I am grateful the lunatics of this country are not getting to call any of the shoots. I feel safer knowing that.

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Seems they all have chosen to forget the invasion of Kuwait and how Saddam raped, pillaged and plundered the small nation for his own gain. As I see it the only mistake we made was not to completely take him down after expelling him from Kuwait.

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