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Re: [casi] SH and Iraq

by Greg Palast

This week, Alternative Tentacles issued the spoken word CD, "Weapon of Mass
Instruction - Palast LIVE," available at

Former Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein was taken into custody yesterday at
8:30p.m. Baghdad time.  Various television executives, White House spin
doctors and propaganda experts at the Pentagon are at this time wrestling
with the question of whether to claim PFC Jessica Lynch seized the
ex-potentate or that Saddam surrendered after close hand-to-hand combat with
current Iraqi strongman Paul Bremer III.

Ex-President Hussein himself told US military interrogators that he had
surfaced after hearing of the appointment of his long-time associate James
Baker III to settle Iraq's debts. "Hey, my homeboy Jim owes me big time,"
Mr. Hussein stated.  He asserted that Baker and the prior Bush regime, "owe
me my back pay.  After all I did for these guys you'd think they'd have the
decency to pay up."

The Iraqi dictator then went on to list the "hits" he conducted on behalf of
the Baker-Bush administrations, ending with the invasion of Kuwait in 1990,
authorized by the former US secretary of state Baker.

Mr. Hussein cited the transcript of his meeting on July 25, 1990 in Baghdad
with US Ambassador April Glaspie.  When Saddam asked Glaspie if the US would
object to an attack on Kuwait over the small emirate's theft of Iraqi oil,
America's Ambassador told him, "We have no opinion.... Secretary [of State
James] Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction ... that Kuwait is
not associated with America."

Glaspie, in Congressional testimony in 1991, did not deny the authenticity
of the recording of her meeting with Saddam which world diplomats took as US
acquiescence to an Iraqi invasion.

While having his hair styled by US military makeover artists, Saddam listed
jobs completed at the request of his allies in the Carter, Reagan and Bush
administrations for which he claims back wages:

1979:  Seizes power with US approval; moves allegiance from Soviets to USA
in Cold War.

1980:  Invades Iran, then the "Unicycle of Evil," with US encouragement and

1982:  Reagan regime removes Saddam's regime from official US list of state
sponsors of terrorism.

1983:  Saddam hosts Donald Rumsfeld in Baghdad.  Agrees to "go steady" with
US corporate suppliers.

1984:  US Commerce Department issues license for export of aflatoxin to Iraq
useable in biological weapons.

1988:   Kurds in Halabja, Iraq, gassed.

1987-88:  US warships destroy Iranian oil platforms in Gulf and break
Iranian blockade of Iraq shipping lanes, tipping war advantage back to

In Baghdad today, the US-installed replacement for Saddam, Paul Bremer,
appeared to acknowledge his predecessor Saddam's prior work for the US State
Department when he told Iraqis, "For decades, you suffered at the hands of
this cruel man. For decades, Saddam Hussein divided you and threatened an
attack on your neighbors."

In reaction to the Bremer speech, Mr. Hussein said, "Do you think those
decades of causing suffering, division and fear come cheap?" Noting that for
half of that period, the suffering, division and threats were supported by
Washington, Saddam added, "So where's the thanks?  You'd think I'd at least
get a gold watch or something for all those years on US payroll."

In a televised address from the Oval Office, George W. Bush raised Saddam's
hopes of compensation when he cited Iraq's "dark and painful history" under
the US-sponsored Hussein dictatorship.

Saddam was also heartened by Mr. Bush's promise that, "The capture of Saddam
Hussein does not mean the end of violence in Iraq."  With new attacks by and
on US and other foreign occupation forces, the former strongman stated,
"It's reassuring to know my legacy of darkness and pain for Iraqis will
continue under the leadership of President Bush."

While lauding the capture of Mr. Hussein, experts caution that the War on
Terror is far from over, noting that Osama bin Laden, James Baker and George
W. Bush remain at large.

Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, "The Best
Democracy Money Can Buy."  Subscribe to his columns for the Guardian
newspapers and view his reports for BBC Television at

----- Original Message -----
From: "pjw8" <Philippa.Winkler@NAU.EDU>
To: "soc-casi-discuss" <>
Sent: Sunday, December 14, 2003 10:48 AM
Subject: RE: [casi] SH and Iraq

> >SH is going to be tried in US occupied Iraq, otherwise
> they can't control what he might say about US complicity, deceipt,
> and genocidal attacks, Philippa
> ===== Original Message From =====
> >[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ]
> >
> >Hello,
> >
> >Congratulations to most regarding SH's capture.  Fortunately for those of
> >in the US this is far enough out that it won't do for Bush the 2nd that
> >hopes.
> >
> >I am sure that within in Iraq there are those in the resistance who will
> >fighting.  Are there those who will begin fighting now due to SH not
> >able to fill a power vacuum if the OF left prior to stabilization?
> >
> >For those with a more intimate knowledge of the situation, other than the
> >millions who will no longer fear SH coming back, of course the millions
> loved
> >him will feel differently, what are your thoughts on what this means both
> >long and short term.  And is there any chance that a proper trial will
> place
> >regarding the disposition of justice for SH?
> >
> >
> >
> >Roger Stroope
> >Northern Arizona University
> >Graduate Department- Anthropology
> >Flagstaff USA
> >
> >
> >
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