"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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
SADDAM HUSSEIN AND REALITY
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
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.