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Free Iraq from Saddam's evil regime

Hamid Alkifaey
1 October 2002

The ruler of Iraq is an extraordinarily cruel despot who knows only the language of power, violence and war. The west should overthrow him.Saddam Hussein has been ruling Iraq with an iron fist for over three decades. His only means of staying in power is through terrorism against the entire population of the country. He has caused the death of at least two million Iraqis, through wars, executions and sanctions. He has squandered Iraq’s wealth in the purchase of legal and illegal weapons. Worse, he has used the plight of the oppressed Iraqi people to strengthen his power. Instead of working to alleviate the effects of sanctions, which were brought upon the people by his adventures, he has used them to justify his oppression, deflect attention from his failings, and blackmail the world.

Instead of spending Iraq’s wealth on health, food and education, Saddam has built massive palaces for himself and his family at a cost of billions of dollars. And instead of concentrating on rebuilding the country that was ruined in two devastating wars, which he started without provocation, he has continued seeking to manufacture or acquire weapons of mass destruction.

You would think that after all this war, killing and destruction, which he alone inflicted on the innocent Iraqi people, he would learn from his mistakes and try to reconcile his people and the world. Not Saddam. Rather, he has expanded his security apparatuses and increased his repression of the Iraqi people. In recent years new punishments have emerged. Cutting out the tongue of any one who utters a word against him, cutting the ears, cutting the noses and cutting the hands of people for the silliest of offences, if not for mere revenge, have become increasingly common occurrences.

Saddam knows that he is detested in the country and abroad. He threatens his people, his neighbours and the world at large with weapons of mass destruction. He is not even trusted by members of his own family. They remember the time when his sons–in–law believed his promises; they were killed only three days after their return. Saddam has broken every treaty he had signed and every pledge he has made – internally and externally. Why should he start now respecting agreements? When Saddam is weak, he signs agreements; when he is strong, he tears them up on the pretext that they were ‘unjust’ and signed during a moment of weakness.

Saddam never hesitated when it came to attacking others, and he never thought twice about using chemical weapons. He has rarely been rational in taking decisions. It is obvious that such decisions as gassing the Kurds, invading Iran, annexing Kuwait, and attacking Israel in order to draw it into his conflict with the world were not rationally made. So to argue that Saddam won’t attack because he is ‘rational’ is not accurate.

Fear of his weapons of mass destruction is justified, because Saddam is aggressive by nature. The major Western nations possess sophisticated weapons, but the likelihood they will use them irrationally is reduced by the checks and balances of democratic government.

Saddam came to power through the most brutal violence, has kept it through the same method, and will never give it up without a fight. He was helped to power and armed by the West. Now the West has the opportunity to correct its tragic mistake. The free world has a duty to free the Iraqi people.

It will require courage and determination to rid ourselves of Saddam and free Iraq and the region of his evil regime. I have been anti–war all my life. I was against the Iraq/Iran war, the Iraq/Kuwait war, and the war against the Kurds and the Marsh Arabs. But that did not stop Saddam from launching these wars and killing hundreds of thousands of people. The only way to stop him is to remove him from power. Although Iraqis do not want another war, most of them recognise that Saddam won’t leave without war or the threat of it.

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