Monday, August 22, 2005


Saddam Casts Self As Martyr

Life is full of agonies and ironies. The agonies and ironies of life can make you dumb and numb.

This is the reaction of most people to the latest Associated Press report on an exclusive letter written by Saddam Hussein who is awaiting trial and possible execution for his crimes against humanity.

In a letter to his unnamed Jordanian friend, Saddam was quoted as follows:
“"My soul and my existence is to be sacrificed for our precious Palestine and our beloved, patient and suffering Iraq,"
Saddam wrote his letter in a defiant and unrepentant tone coated with characteristic flowery Arabic oratory.

The letter was published in two Jordanian newspapers last Sunday and made available to the Associated Press.

The letter was taken to the friend through the International Committee of the Red Cross. The Red Cross confirmed the authenticity and said the American authorities holding Saddam Hussein censored the letter.

The Baath Socialist Party Secretary General Tayseer Homsi said that the recipient is reported to be a well-known independent political personality in Jordan whose name was withheld.
" He handed the letter over two days ago, Homsi said. "He's an old friend of Saddam. He's not a member of our party nor is he a party functionary."
The letter has been verified as 100% authentic in the typical handwriting of Saddam Hussein.

Saddam wants to be remembered as a martyr of the Islamic faith as he added
"Life is meaningless without the considerations of faith, love and inherited history in our nation.”

The two daughters of the ousted Iraqi tyrant have been hiding in Amman since they fled from the invading forces of the US Army two years ago.

Saddam Hussein and his fellow accused convicts would be on trial soon for dozens of crimes such as the 1982 massacre of Shiite towns people in Dujail in northern Baghdad who were massacred for plotting a botched assassination of Saddam. The spokesperson of the Iraqi government Laith Kuba said that the trial of Saddam Hussein and accomplices is likely to commence in six weeks time. Saddam and the other partners in crime could face the death penalty if found guilty. The others awaiting trial with Saddam are his co-defendants Barazan Ibrahim, intelligence chief at the time of the massacre and Saddam's half brother; former Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan; and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, who was a Baath party official in Dujail at the time.

The Jordan Arab Baath Socialist Party published the exclusive letter and said that the person whom the letter was addressed to refused to disclose his identity. And this is the first letter that Saddam would write to someone outside his immediate family since he was captured in 2003.

The spokesperson of the present Iraqi government also said that Jordan has permitted notable members of the family of Saddam to fund a dangerous network with the aim of destabilizing the on going democratic developments in Iraq and to re-establish the Iraqi Baath Socialist Party that has since been banned.

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