December 1, 2005
On November 30, 2005, Al-Jazeera News ran an article called "Saddam 'Urged’ to Contest Elections.
Here is the beginning of the piece:
Saddam Hussein’s defense team has been inundated with requests from Iraqis to have the ousted leader
run in Iraq’s upcoming elections, a member of the team says.
"We received scores of verbal and written requests from Iraqi citizens, the man-in-the-street kind, appealing
to have President Saddam run for elections," said lawyer Issam Ghazawi on Wednesday.
The lawyers maintain that Saddam is still Iraq’s legal president. Because of this, although they were
happy about Saddam’s popularity as shown by citizens, it creates a quandary. The Al-Jazeera article continued:
Ghazawi said the legal team might at some point examine whether it is legally possible to have Saddam run
said the requests from Iraqis that he and other lawyers received on the
issue "may not be valid, considering that under Iraqi law, Mr. Saddam
is the legitimate and current president of Iraq and it’s unlikely that
he can be re-eelcted in the midst of his rule."
is possible that we may consider at some point examining the legal
aspect of having Mr. Saddam run for elections, although there is no
previous precedent to have an Iraqi leader get re-elected during his
reign," he said.
This is quite an interesting scenario. Can Saddam run for president if he is the legal president? If he runs
for president, what entity would he represent? The current Iraqi government is not a government. Bizarre.
One thing is certain, however. Saddam Hussein is still admired by many Iraqis. The U.S. "liberated" Iraq from
Saddam because, in the eyes of the U.S., the people hated him. This has been shown to be a big lie.
is the U.S. afraid of? If Saddam is so hated, he would garner few
votes. This is a chance the U.S. will not take and even if Saddam put
his hat in the ring, he would not be allowed to run. If he did, the
results would be an overwhelming embarrassment for the U.S.
2003, the U.S. made a law in Iraq that promised two years imprisonment
for anyone publicly displaying a picture of Saddam Hussein. Is this a
move to democracy? Of course not, but most people do not question such
the draconian measures imposed by the U.S., Iraqis have recently taken
to the streets in pro-Saddam demonstrations. This upsets the U.S.
because, according to the imperialists, nobody supports Saddam. More
The Boston Globe
ran an article on November 30, 2005, called "Flashes of Old Hussein Set
Off Ripples." It concentrated on Saddam’s recent court appearance.
Evidently, Iraqis who saw Saddam chastise the judge of his trial were
enthralled by his defiance and anti-U.S. statements. According to the
Hussein displayed glowering rage, easy confidence, and Islamic fervor
in court yesterday, helping explain why the deposed dictator’s cult of
personality has started to make a comeback, even as he stands trial for
the television cameras rolling, Hussein yesterday fashioned himself as
an Islamic warrior and Iraqi patriot, dismissing the Iraqi High
Tribunal that is trying him as a "small boat rocking in the waves" of
the American occupation and challenging the presiding judge with a
language endears Hussein to the constituency that actively or passively
backs the insurgency in Iraq’s Sunni Arab heartland — places such as
Hussein’s birthplace, Awja, where yesterday protestors chanted, "Yes,
yes to Saddam" in a demonstration broadcast on Iraqi television.
recent days, Baghdad residents in the Sunni insurgent stronghold
neighborhood of Aadhamiya spoke openly of their affection for Hussein —
which has grown, many of them said, over the last year as the elected,
Shi’ite-dominated government has failed to curb crime, terrorism and
U.S. is still trying to make Saddam disappear, but he, like the
Energizer bunny, still keeps going and going. Despite Saddam’s capture
and subsequent pictures meant to humiliate him, and photos of him in
his underwear, many Iraqis still admire him. And, some who were not
supporters previously are now on the Saddam bandwagon.
this issue is addressed adequately, there never will be peace in Iraq.
Every time the U.S. attempts to denigrate Saddam, the ploy backfires.
The ultimate mistake for the U.S. and the Iraqi quislings will be for a
quick and unfair trial for Saddam and a speedy execution. The Allawis
and the Jafaris and the Chalabis of the country will breathe a sigh of
relief … but only for a short time. The violence that will ensue will
make that of today appear benign.
Ritter, once the head U.N. inspector in Iraq, in a recent interview hit
the nail on the head. He said the biggest mistake the U.S. made was to
demonize Saddam and then forcefully take him out of power. Ritter
called Saddam "the glue that held Iraq together."
More and more people are now coming to that conclusion. But, the U.S. press does not mention this subject.
It is taboo.
you recall, in January of this year, Iraq held an election called "The
Purple Revolution." Since then, so many fraudulent aspects of the
election have been unveiled that even the U.S. has backed off
highlighting its virtues.
did not make the news was the fact that hundreds of ballot boxes were
thrown out because they contained mostly write-in votes for Saddam
Hussein. They were destroyed. Again, this was an attempt by the U.S. to
make Saddam disappear.
At the time, I wrote to a retired colonel in the old Iraqi army and asked him to explain what would have happened
had Saddam been on the ballot. He replied:
your question what if Saddam was nominated. I can assure you millions
would reply YES to him. I did ask so many of them this question from
different ethnic backgrounds and different ethnic sectors al around
Baghdad. The answer is yes because they are frustrated from the
conditions they are facing: no oil, no fuel, no electricity, no water,
no … They even would like to buy balloons filled with air, but the
Americans would cut the air from them.
have changed little since January, with the exception that Saddam may
be even more popular today than he was 11 months ago. The U.S. strategy
of getting rid of leaders they don’t like certainly has not changed.
They will attempt to dislodge leaders through any means, including
voting. The list is long: Manuel Noriega by force; the fixing of two
Bosnian elections (the U.S. unilaterally negated them); the fixing of
Serb elections; the almost successful coup against Hugo Chavez; the
ouster of Aristide in Haiti, etc., etc. When former U.S. Secretary of
State, Madeleine Albright, was asked why the U.S. negated the Bosnian
elections, she unashamedly said, "The wrong side won." This is the
American way: democracy as long as the right side wins.
With Iraq, things are different. Saddam will not disappear. Even if he is executed, he will still be a motivating
force for resistance to U.S. occupation and the quisling Iraqi government.
theatrically-staged pulling down of Saddam Hussein’s statue on April 9,
2003 may have been symbolic to George Bush. However, the Iraqi people
who admire Saddam Hussein will not let the tearing down of a piece of
bronze diminish their affection for the man whom the statute
symbolized. To Bush, the statue’s demolition was important, but to the
Iraqi people, the man depicted by the statue is still standing tall.