Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, September 19, 2002

Want to know more about Saddam from an Iraqi?

I didn't know where to start. Should I begin by describing how Saddam committed his first murder at the age of 15? Should I talk about how he and his party took over Iraq in 1968, killing innocent businessmen and confiscating their property, before moving against the ethnic and religious minorities?

Maybe the place to begin was his launching of a chemical attack at Halabja in March 1988 that slaughtered at least 5,000 civilians? What about the the time when he killed 180,000 Kurds in the infamous Anfal operation, many of whom were buried alive?

Perhaps the best place to start is with the present threat of weapons of mass destruction, which the world now fears, and to explain why the United Nations' plans for weapons inspection will never work.

When he didn't like the Algerian foreign minister mediating between him and Iran in 1982, he ordered his airplane to be shot down over northern Iraq, killing the Algerian minister and everyone else with him.

When an Iraqi airplane was hijacked in 1986, instead of trying to sort out the problem by peaceful means, he ordered the plane to be destroyed, killing the innocent passengers as well as the hijackers, of course. When Iran occupied Iraqi territory at the tip of the Gulf and took Iraqi soldiers as prisoners of war, he ordered the army to use chemical weapons, killing thousands of Iraqi and Iranian soldiers indiscriminately.

He orders executions on a daily basis and carries out many executions personally. He once killed his minister for health at a cabinet meeting and carried on with the meeting afterwards, with the minister's body lying next door.

Two weeks after he took over the Iraqi state in a military coup, he ordered the arrest of his partners in the coup and expelled them, only to hunt them down later, one in London and the other in Kuwait. When he felt that his brother-in-law, whom he had appointed as defence minister, was getting a bit too popular among army officers, he ordered that his plane be shot down.

That's just a taste.

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