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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Saddam's Capture

A very interesting revelation about Saddam’s capture.

Previously we were shown the cheering “crowds” when Saddam’s statue was pulled down – which turned out to be bogus because the “Crowds” were bussed in. Then we had the propoganda story of “brave” Jessica Lynch and her stage managed “rescue” (showing the brave americans) when it turned out that the Iraqi Hospital authorities were actually trying to hand her into the care of the Americans. And now we are finding out (as the story below indicates that Saddam put up a fight and was most probably not hiding in a hole as the US had said.

In life certain principles hold true – One of which is that to influence anyone as the US is trying to do in Iraq; one must have credibility (working for the benefit of Iraqis not for oil or israel or hegemony) ; secondly one must have principles( Do not kill civilians; do not engage in fraud, do not use weapons that are internationally banned) and thirdly the persons being influenced must see benefit for themselves in what is being advocated. In the case of US and its coalition of invaders in Iraq all of these factors are missing!

Wasalaam,

Ismail Moola

May Allah(SWT) protect us and give the Muslims the fortitude, the ability and the opportunity to be the ideal examples to mankind just as the Prophet(SAW) is to us –aameen. “O my Lord! bestow wisdom on me, and join me with the righteous” 26.83

Violence is not a religious truth -it never has been, and it never will be.(Hamza Yusuf).

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “Never desire to meet anyone in battle, but if ever forced to do so, be virtuous.”

He (SAW) also said, “Kindness is never present in an act except that it embellishes it and is never removed from any act except that it defiles it” In addition, he (SAW) said, “God gives with gentleness what He will never give with harshness.”

Saddam's Capture: just another Bush Lie

By Mike Whitney

Al-Jazeerah, March 12, 2005


The account of American troops capturing Saddam and pulling him from his subterranean hovel has turned out to be just another Bush lie.
Sergeant Nadim Abou Rabeh, who participated in the operation that netted Saddam, was quoted in the Saudi newspaper “Al-Medina” saying that the Iraqi leader was actually captured the day before and that “the public version of his capture was fabricated.” The entire event was apparently choreographed by a Pentagon public relations team. “I was among the 20 man unit…who searched for Saddam for 3 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,” Rabeh admitted. (UPI )“Not in a hole”? You mean Saddam actually stood up and faced American Marines?

“WE CAPTURED HIM AFTER FIECE RESISTANCE DURING WHICH A MARINE OF SUDANESE ORGIN WAS KILLED,” he said.

Uh, oh. This could be trouble. After all, the American version presented Saddam as trembling coward cringing in his spider-hole afraid to face the American warriors. Now, Rabeh is saying that he stood and fought “like a man”. This is not the image that the Washington spin-meisters wanted to convey. They wanted to humiliate the deposed tyrant by showing him recoiling from the American ubermenschen. That way they could show the virtuousness of the invasion and bolster the importance of the White House chicken-hawks who follow the campaign from their bunkers on the Potomac

Unfortunately, the entire story turned out to be bogus. Saddam may be a genocidal maniac, but anyone who knows the details of his personal history,knows he’s no coward. He scaled the ranks of the Ba’ath party through audacity, coercion and treachery. No one gets to the top spot on the Ba’ath food chain through squeamishness. The portrayal of Saddam as disoriented and fearful is pure performance-art; just like the suggestion that he was living underground is probably just a sham. (That part always seemed fishy) Most likely, he was drugged and dumped in the “spider-hole” to meet the requirements of (Bush’s) Hollywood production team. In fact, members of the Kurdish Peshmerga, who were operating in the vicinity at the time, disputed the administration’s sketchy narrative from the get-go. Their story was muchmore consistent with Sergeant Rabeh’s.

So, we can add another fairytale to the Bush chronicle of deception. The Saddam capture will feature prominently along with the other wartime fictions like Pat Tillman, Jessica Lynch, the phantom WMDs, and the toppling of Saddam’s statue in Fidros Square. Every one of these was skillfully fashioned by a Bush PR team trying to maximize public approval by creating a storybook narrative. It’s 100% baloney.

The whole incident smacks of Rumsfeld’s “Strategic Information” program; a new department entirely devoted to stage-managing events like Saddam’s arrest. Apparently, the War Dept wants to downplay the daily carnage by orchestrating phony “docu-dramas” for the folks at home. Well, they’d better turn it up a notch. Bush’s clumsy vaudeville may be designed to draw more support for the war, but box-office flops like this can really take a chunk out of one’s credibility

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