Thank God Saddam is gone…
March 8, 2010 3 Comments
Today, Iraqis made their voices heard, and MSNBC wants to give credit to Obama, even though he opposed the surge and maybe they even want to share some of that credit with Biden who wanted to divide Iraq into 3 countries. The truth is that President Bush deserves credit for taking action against a man that was a threat to the USA and what we stand for: Freedom.
President Bush understood the threat that Saddam Hussein was, and he had the guts to do what was right. He didn’t take a look at the latest Gallup poll before making a decision, he is a man that makes his decisions based upon his principles.
Saddam Hussein was an anti-American nut job, who tortured and killed its own people. The world is better-off without him. Under the iron rule of Saddam Hussein, civil and liberties and civil rights were virtually non-existent.
The following was posted in the White House’s website while George W. Bush was President (I wish he was still President!)
“The prison was a terrible, miserable place. I saw my relatives being tortured. One time, they buried my uncle in the sand up to his neck and left him in the heat. It was awful to watch. But the worst day was when they came for my father. Even then, I knew I would never see him again. I could feel it.”
— Khairiya Hatim, Iraqi town councilor who was imprisoned with her family because of their allegiance to a banned opposition party, Sunday Telegraph (London), September 28, 2003
“Most afternoons, among the market stalls leading to the old city of Najaf young men set up TV sets in the street showing grotesque scenes of cruelty. Handcuffed prisoners are executed with sticks of dynamite shoved into their pockets. Screaming men plead for their lives as they are beaten by Saddam Hussein’s secret police. Crimson fragments of bodies lie in the street, moments after a huge explosion, to the soundtrack of an Arab lament. The crowds gather round. People mutter and shake their heads. Then they queue to pay 1,000 Iraqi dinars (about 33p) [50 cents] for laser discs containing footage of the appalling scenes. These are the atrocity discs of Iraq, a booming mini-industry in a country still stricken by the consequences of the war. They are produced in home factories, with the simplest computer equipment.”
— The London Times, September 20, 2003
“Prisoners were often eliminated with a bullet to the head, but one witness told the London-based human rights group Indict that inmates were sometimes murdered by being dropped into shredding machines. Some prisoners went in headfirst and died quickly, while others were put in feet first and died screaming. The witness said that on at least one occasion, Qusai supervised shredding-machine murders.”
— Associated Press, July 22, 2003
“In the last room, where she was held for several hours, the door was locked. At sunset two men entered. She recalled they said they had to take routine security precautions in advance of a meeting with Uday Hussein. They slipped a black hood over her head and tied her hands behind her back. The anxiety, which had mounted through the day, flared into terror. She was taken down to a lower level in an elevator and then along a passageway that seemed narrow because of the way the two men bumped against her. She was pushed into a room and tied, spread-eagle, to a bed.
“‘All of this period, I didn’t resist,’ she said. ‘But on the bed, I knew. I said, “I am like your sister; please don’t do this.” I started to beg. They said if our sister married an Indian and started a network against the government, we would kill her. I kept praying, calling for Jesus and the Virgin Mary. I prayed to Muhammad. They damned them all.’
“‘They raped me twice that first day,’ she continued. ‘I don’t know the persons. Two of them. I couldn’t see them. They kept raping for four days as well as I can remember. They took my honor.’
“Over the next seven months, Hanna said, she implicated people she had never heard of in a spy network she knew nothing about. She was routinely beaten and she said the Major, in a grotesque joke, kept three sticks on a wall hanging under the names Jesus, the prophet Muhammad and Imam Ali, whom Shiite Muslims believe is Muhammad’s true heir. Whichever holy man a prisoner called out for determined which stick they were beaten with. The Major, she said, also routinely used electric shock and once set a police dog on her in a small room; the scar of the bite mark is still on her arm.
“One of his preferred forms of torture, she said, was to order the women to strip, then tie them to the tree trunk, and smear wet sugar on them so the dogs would terrorize them as they licked it off their bodies. Hanna also identified his superior at the academy.”
— The Washington Post, July 21, 2003
“’Among them here are children of ages less than three – what was their guilt that they should be murdered?’ Mr Amin said. ‘Just because they were Kurds? Among them are old women with no teeth. What harm could they do? Saddam Hussein was nothing but a dictator and a killer.’
“Sunni Arab villager Ali Ibrahim said his friend Khalil Eid, then a 14-year-old shepherd, was one of the few local people to have had first-hand experience of the massacre. ‘One day he came to this place with his sheep and some army vehicles came, and they told him to go far away because there would be shooting practice here,’ Mr Ibrahim said. ‘He went far off into the desert but later he sneaked back and heard the sound of firing and people screaming.’ After the forces had driven away he came and saw they had leveled the ground. It’s a disaster. It’s a crime that cannot be described.”
— The Age (Melbourne), July 17, 2003
“‘That’s when I realized this was no ordinary execution,’ said the officer, a retired colonel from the Iraqi 2nd Army Corps who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“‘The government was using prisoners to test its chemical weapons.’
“‘He didn’t have a mark on him, nothing,’ Al-Hamid recalled bitterly. ‘We were told not to touch him. We were told to bury him as fast as possible.’ As for the Iraqi army intelligence officer who claims to have witnessed the test gassing of hundreds of prisoners at an open-air site in the desert near Jalula, which is about 80 miles northeast of Baghdad and 20 miles from the Iranian border, he asserted that the bodies he saw also bore no marks. ‘It was like they were asleep,’ he said with lingering awe.”
— Chicago Tribune, July 16, 2003
“My family lived in fear of his men, who were always watching us. Family friends were assassinated, tortured, or just disappeared.”
— Sharif Ali, The Daily Telegraph, June 11, 2003
“Saddam killed our people for resisting him. Some were executed for speaking in a religious way when greeting his men. A woman was killed for wearing a veil.”
— Bakr al-Saad, a member of the Daawa party, Orlando Sentinel, June 8, 2003
“Uday’s favourite punishment was the medieval falaqa, a rod with clamps that go around the ankles so that the offender, feet in the air, can be hit on the bare soles with a stick. A top official in radio and TV says he received so many beatings for trivial mistakes like being late for meetings or making grammatical errors on his broadcasts that Uday ordered him to carry a falaqa in his car. Uday also had an iron maiden that he used to torture Iraqi athletes whose performance disappointed him.
— Time, May 25, 2003
“The killing began one morning in October 1991 at 8:30. The frightened Kuwaitis – blindfolded, with hands bound by lime-green plastic ties – were ordered into horseshoe formations at the training school for the intelligence service in Baghdad. The prisoners had been brought there that morning in vans and buses.
“A single intelligence man carrying a machine gun positioned himself inside the horseshoe. The prisoners wept and cried out the Muslim prayer before death: there is no god but God.
“The gunfire began. The shooter pivoted, according to the account provided to Mr. Abu Musab, using the horseshoe formation to make the executions quicker. Formation after formation was brought forward until all were dead. All were men, save one.”
— Agence France-Presse, May 17, 2003
And regarding what I said at the beginning about MSNBC:
This is Newsweek’s cover:
God Bless America, our troops and President Bush. [And Congratulations to Iraqis!]