informazione dal medio oriente
    information from middle east
    المعلومات من الشرق الأوسط

[ home page] | [ tutte le notizie/all news ] | [ download banner] | [ ultimo aggiornamento/last update 28/08/2019 00:45 ] 18413

english italiano

  [ Subscribe our newsletter!   -   Iscriviti alla nostra newsletter! ]  


Uruknet on Alexa

End Gaza Siege
End Gaza Siege


:: Segnala Uruknet agli amici. Clicka qui.
:: Invite your friends to Uruknet. Click here.

:: Segnalaci un articolo
:: Tell us of an article


Malcom Lagauche


"You are an Iraqi," Saddam tells judge

December 4, 2005

Saddam Hussein’s recent court appearance piqued the emotions of many Iraqis. Some were upset that he is still alive and, with no regard to any kind of law, chastised the court for not executing him on the spot.

On the other hand, millions of Iraqis who watched the proceedings on television had another take on what they saw. When the judge told Saddam that he would look into the Americans fixing a faulty elevator, Saddam gave a lecture. He said the judge should "order" U.S. personnel to fix it. Then he stated, "You are an Iraqi."

Those four words speak volumes. Today, Iraqis are being depicted as Sunni, Shi’ite, Chaldean, Assyrian, Turkomen, etc. Those Iraqis who have succumbed to the new nomenclature are playing into the hands of a disastrous U.S. policy to fragment Iraq. Saddam Hussein had to remind the judge and his countrypeople of their nationality.

When Saddam uttered those words, many Iraqis were thrilled. Even some of his former adversaries admired his pride in Iraq: a pride that is seldom seen today.

It is coming upon the two-year mark that Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. personnel. The media are laden with stories of his kidnapping in the context of their articles about the trial. They still portray the capture as occurring in a "spider hole." They still mention that Saddam was unkempt and in bad shape.

Again, we see virtually no journalistic endeavor to discover the truth. Saddam Hussein was not captured in a spider hole. After his apprehension, he was beaten and drugged. The pictures the world saw of a disheveled Saddam Hussein were taken after the torture and drug administration, but the U.S. portrayed them as being taken at the time of capture. On March 11, 2005, I ran the following article. It is very relevant today as it shows Saddam’s fortitude then. He still exudes the same steadfastness and integrity today.


We all saw the photos in December 2003 of a disheveled Saddam Hussein after he was pulled out of a "spider hole" in a town near Tikrit. The administration laughed and the U.S. public made jokes about him and his hiding place.

The room was dirty. There was an empty Spam can. The story was that he was holed up here and was totally irrelevant to Iraq. His day was done and he was now in the hands of the liberators.

Guess what? Nothing of this scenario was true.

On March 8, 2005, United Press International (UPI) ran a small press release titled "Public Version of Saddam Capture Fiction." Don’t think you are remiss because you have not yet read this, but it received scant publicity in the U.S. Prior to my writing this article, I have found only one U.S. news outlet that carried the story: WHAM Channel 13 of Rochester, New York.

The U.P.I. press release consisted of quotes from ex-U.S. Marine Nadim Rabeh, of Lebanese descent. In addition to the U.S. version of the capture date being off by one day, during an interview in Lebanon, he stated:

I was among the 20-man unit, including eight of Arab descent, who searched for Saddam for three days in the area of Dour near Tikrit, and we found him in a modest home in a small village and not in a hole as announced.

We captured him after fierce resistance during which a Marine of Sudanese origin was killed.

Rabeh recounted how Saddam fired at them with a gun from the window of a room on the second floor. Then, the Marines shouted at him in Arabic, "You have to surrender. There is no point in resisting."

How did we come to see the pictures of the hole and a scruffy-looking Saddam? According to Rabeh, "Later on, a military production team fabricated the film of Saddam’s capture in a hole, which was in fact a deserted well."

The former Marine’s account mixes with the rendition Saddam Hussein gave his lawyer when they had their only meeting. Saddam told him that he was captured in a friend’s house and that he was drugged and tortured for two days. Hence, the pictures of Saddam looking bedraggled.

I went to Google.com and searched for images of Saddam’s capture. All the major news networks and publications showed pictures of the hole and a beleaguered Saddam: Time Magazine, CNN News, magazines, daily newspapers, etc. You name it and they published it.

But, they were all wrong. Not one publication took the time to research the story. Not one. They just took pictures given by the U.S. military and parroted the lines they were given.

This is not the first time something similar has occurred. After the 1989 invasion of Panama, the U.S. allowed the press to enter Manuel Noriega’s office. He was portrayed as a sexual pervert. In the office were pictures of young boys, a picture of Hitler, red underpants and pornographic magazines. The dirty bastard.

A few months later, the first Marine to enter Noriega’s office was released from the Corps. He eventually talked to a reporter and said that he was the absolute first to enter the office after the U.S. kidnapped the former Panamanian president and all that was inside were a desk, a telephone, a chair and a typewriter.

Let’s go back 16 years from Noriega’s demise. In 1973, Salvador Allende, the president of Chile, was assassinated. When the press was allowed to enter his office, they saw a pair of red underpants, pictures of young boys, a picture of Hitler and pornographic magazines. The CIA did not have the decency to change props. They used the same for both offices, thinking that 16 years was a long time and no one would figure out the ruse. A reporter who covered the 1973 event was also in Panama in 1989 and happened to see both made-up scenarios.

With Saddam, they changed props because the previously-mentioned ones probably would not go down in Iraq. And, I always wondered how he obtained a can of Spam, since no such product was offered in Iraq.

It seems no one asks questions, such as how a can of Spam was in the hole. About a year ago, there was a picture on the Internet that gained much publicity of a bunch of U.S. soldiers standing next to an Iraqi building on which was depicted the blowing up of the World Trade Center. The inference was that Iraqis took glee in the acts of 9-11.

However, I noticed the soldiers were standing on a base path of a baseball field. There were no baseball fields in Iraq. Then, I looked at the trees and saw they were typical southeastern U.S. types that I had never seen in any pictures of Iraq.

The photo was bogus, but the harm had been done. Even mainstream media picked up and ran with the picture. I wrote to a few agencies that used it, but received no reply. They were embarrassed.

Now, let’s get back to Saddam and his spider hole and other aspects of his life after April 9, 2003.

When he was captured, U.S. authorities said he was a spent force and had no say in the ever-growing resistance. Hogwash. Subsequent information shows that he was heading the resistance and called many shots. For instance, on Wolfowitz’ first visit to Baghdad, he stayed at the Hotel Al-Rashid. A rocket was fired at the building and killed a U.S. colonel on the floor just above Wolfowitz’. Saddam Hussein personally ordered that strike and, for the sake of about four meters, history may have been changed.

I have heard anecdotal tales of Sadam Hussein taking part in street battles against U.S. troops. Various sources have told me this. So, I wrote to my Iraqi contact in Baghdad (a retired colonel) and asked him. Today, I received a response about that as well as Saddam’s capture. Here are a few items he mentioned.

  • Saddam’s inside wear was very clean, which gives the impression he was not in a hole.
  • At the time they said they captured him, no dates were available, but the trees they showed in the films had fresh dates on the palm trees and this was not possible.
  • My house is in the Adhamiya and I can say that I saw Saddam after they announced the fall of Baghdad. I saw him myself. He was standing on a bonnet of a car. He was giving smiles to the people around him who were encouraging him by their loyalty, which they always had.
  • As I know, Saddam was on top of the battle at the airport.
  • What I heard was that he was on top of many assaults against the Americans.

From various sources, we now have a totally different story than the one force-fed to us by the U.S. administration. Instead of Saddam Hussein being a coward who fled and was caught in a hole in the ground, he now is the president, who, under siege, met publicly with his people on April 9, 2003 (we saw video of this on U.S. TV), after personally being involved with several battles against the invaders, and who created a network of resistance while tens of thousands of U.S. military people were looking for him.

One thing is sure. Most 65-year-old men are contemplating retirement. However, Saddam Hussein lived off his wits, the land, and with comrades for nine months, all the time coordinating a resistance against illegal invaders. Most men half his age would not be able to take the physical challenges of such a routine. This in itself is a remarkable feat.

Let’s look at Saddam’s U.S. counterpart, George W. Bush. About the only military achievement he ever performed was evading drug tests while in the U.S. National Guard. There, he succeeded magnificently.

Unfortunately, the U.S. government is in possession of all of Iraq’s records prior to April 2003. Not one word will be mentioned that will contradict the U.S. rewriting of Iraq’s history. At best, we will have to rely on anecdotal accounts and eye witnesses. It is neither the best nor the most accurate form of history, but it’s all we have now.

:: Article nr. 18413 sent on 04-dec-2005 03:48 ECT


Link: www.malcomlagauche.com/id1.html

:: The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website.

The section for the comments of our readers has been closed, because of many out-of-topics.
Now you can post your own comments into our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/uruknet

Warning: include(./share/share2.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/25/8427425/html/vhosts/uruknet/colonna-centrale-pagina-ansi.php on line 385

Warning: include(): Failed opening './share/share2.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php5_6/lib/php') in /home/content/25/8427425/html/vhosts/uruknet/colonna-centrale-pagina-ansi.php on line 385

[ Printable version ] | [ Send it to a friend ]

[ Contatto/Contact ] | [ Home Page ] | [Tutte le notizie/All news ]

Uruknet on Twitter

:: RSS updated to 2.0

:: English
:: Italiano

:: Uruknet for your mobile phone:

Uruknet on Facebook

:: Motore di ricerca / Search Engine

the web

:: Immagini / Pictures


The newsletter archive

L'Impero si è fermato a Bahgdad, by Valeria Poletti

Modulo per ordini


:: Newsletter

:: Comments

Haq Agency
Haq Agency - English

Haq Agency - Arabic

AMSI - Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - English

AMSI - Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - Arabic

Font size
1 2 3

:: All events


[ home page] | [ tutte le notizie/all news ] | [ download banner] | [ ultimo aggiornamento/last update 28/08/2019 00:45 ]

Uruknet receives daily many hacking attempts. To prevent this, we have 10 websites on 6 servers in different places. So, if the website is slow or it does not answer, you can recall one of the other web sites: www.uruknet.info www.uruknet.de www.uruknet.biz www.uruknet.org.uk www.uruknet.com www.uruknet.org - www.uruknet.it www.uruknet.eu www.uruknet.net www.uruknet.web.at.it

:: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more info go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
::  We always mention the author and link the original site and page of every article.
uruknet, uruklink, iraq, uruqlink, iraq, irak, irakeno, iraqui, uruk, uruqlink, saddam hussein, baghdad, mesopotamia, babilonia, uday, qusay, udai, qusai,hussein, feddayn, fedayn saddam, mujaheddin, mojahidin, tarek aziz, chalabi, iraqui, baath, ba'ht, Aljazira, aljazeera, Iraq, Saddam Hussein, Palestina, Sharon, Israele, Nasser, ahram, hayat, sharq awsat, iraqwar,irakwar All pictures

url originale


I nostri partner - Our Partners:

TEV S.r.l.

TEV S.r.l.: hosting


Progetto Niz

niz: news management



digitbrand: ".it" domains


Worlwide Mirror Web-Sites:
www.uruknet.info (Main)
www.uruknet.us (USA)
www.uruknet.su (Soviet Union)
www.uruknet.ru (Russia)
www.uruknet.it (Association)
www.uruknet.mobi (For Mobile Phones)
www.uruknet.org.uk (UK)
www.uruknet.de (Germany)
www.uruknet.ir (Iran)
www.uruknet.eu (Europe)
wap.uruknet.info (For Mobile Phones)
rss.uruknet.info (For Rss Feeds)

Vat Number: IT-97475012153