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SALAH AL-MUKHTAR SPEAKS (Part Four)
Ba'ath Party membership certificate
September 10, 2005
(In this segment, Salah Al-Mukhtar discusses the future of Iraq and the Ba’ath Party)
ML: Despite the Ba’ath party being banned in Iraq, I have read that they are recruiting heavily and successfully, not only in Iraq, but throughout the Arab world. This is an important, yet untold, story. Please give me more information.
SM: Yes indeed, the Ba’ath Party popularity has increased in a tremendous way and level after the occupation of Iraq. It has recruited thousands of new Ba’athists who never were Ba’athists before the occupation. The reason behind this fact is that the Ba’thists are presenting the best example of sincerity to Iraq and the Arab homeland. When the occupation took place, the Ba’athists had been prepared for years to practice guerilla and urban warfare.
Immediately after the Baghdad occupation by American troops, the Ba’athists started their armed resistance everywhere in Iraq, simultaneously. By doing so, the Ba’ath Party has made its popularity wider and stronger.
Now, if you look to Iraq, you’ll never find a nationwide party except the Ba’ath Party. All other parties, whether new or old, are local parties. This fact is positive when we analyze the making of the Iraqi resistance, in which the Ba’ath Party is the major power and the bigger organization.
According to the information we are receiving from Iraq, the Ba’ath Pary has surplus fighters who have prepared themselves to be martyrs, and new supporters, whom we call in Arabic "Ansar." Besides, the Ba’ath Party has gotten rid of some of the weak elements inside the party and now all Ba’athists are loyal people of principles and are ready to sacrifice their lives inside their homeland for the liberation from American colonialism.
ML: President Saddam Hussein has been kidnapped by the U.S. The quislings in power want a quick trial followed by an execution. They think the resistance will then stop. Will this backfire? In my opinion, the resistance will only grow if the execute President Saddam. What is your opinion?
SM: I assure you that the Iraqi armed resistance will never retreat or be weakened by any development or party. It has its own momentum and mechanisms, as well as its own plans and options. I agree with you that there will be no fair trial for President Saddam Hussein because the occupation in itself is illegal and whatever is built on illegality is illegal.
The Iraqi armed resistance will continue its original course of fighting and it will double and increase the military operations against the American colonialism in the case of the execution of President Saddam Hussein. The normal reaction will be to fight more decisively and it will shorten the time of liberating Iraq. To understand this fact, you have to remember that after the arrest of President Saddam Hussein, the resistance developed rapidly and it has covered all of Iraq, including the Kurdish region.
ML: What role did President Saddam Hussein play in the resistance between April 9, 2003 and his capture in December 2003?
SM: What I know is that President Saddam Hussein planned and implemented various military operations against the occupation.
ML: Where are you living now and what did you do after leaving Vietnam?
SM: I am currently limiting myself to writing and analyzing the developments of the Iraq situation. After my departure of Vietnam, I came to Yemen. Since that time, I have been living in this beautiful country. I write for some Internet websites hoping that my country will be liberated soon to return home.
ML: Please include anything you think is important that I have not asked.
SM: What I want to say is that the illusion of Iraqi freedom of press is no more than a big lie. Since the occupation of Iraq, we, the Iraqi Ba’athists, were deprived the right of writing and speaking through the press and TV channels as we were doing before the occupation of Iraq. Even the channels and newspapers that used to publish our articles or invite us to their programs stopped inviting us. The reason is clear: officially, the American top officials are pressurizing all mass media not to give us any chance to speak freely. This is one of the lessons we have had after the occupation of Iraq.
Now, we are witnessing the emergence of a world dictatorship of the West in general, and the United States in particular. I want to stress that American colonialism has been practically defeated in Iraq and it is playing with wasted time. America will admit that the occupation of Iraq was the deadliest mistake made by the Bush administration, or it is the worst mistake in the history of the United States, as Mr. Ted Kennedy said last year.
That was the conclusion of my interview with Salah Al-Mukhtar. I would like to thank him for being so forthright and detailed in his responses to my questions.
SALAH AL-MUKHTAR SPEAKS (Part One)
SALAH AL-MUKHTAR SPEAKS (Part Two)
SALAH AL-MUKHTAR SPEAKS (Part Three)
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