Iraq says 14 civilians killed in attack BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 26 Two cruise missiles struck a residential area in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 14 people, Iraqi defense officials said in the worst reported instance of civilian deaths since the U.S. bombing campaign began a week ago. . . “We are determined to defend our capital after what we have seen of our brothers’ resistance in the south,” Baghdad truck driver Ahmed Falah said. “The whole world is with us now, even the weather, because the sandstorm has brought benefits to us. They are the storms of God.”
Tuesday, March 18, 2003 Posted: 1:50 PM EST Chirac said "force is the very last resort" in the standoff with Iraq.
"France's viewpoint is shared by a large majority of the international community. The last debates at the Security Council have clearly shown that they were not willing to hurry through measures that would lead to war," Chirac said in a televised statement.
"The United States presented an ultimatum to Iraq, whether or not this was concerned with the disarmament of Iraq or not or of a much-hoped-for regime change inside the country, there is no justification for this unilateral resort to war." Chirac described U.S. President George W. Bush's ultimatum "a very serious decision, in the light of the Iraqi moves towards disarmament and while the inspections were proving to be a credible alternative to disarm the country."
France opposes U.K. plan on Iraq NBC, MSNBC AND NEWS SERVICES March 13, — THE BRITISH proposals “do not respond to the questions the international community is asking,” French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said in a statement. “It’s not about giving a few more days to Iraq before resorting to force but about resolutely advancing through peaceful disarmament.” /to the lifting of economic sanctions/
Iraqis Call Shuttle Disaster God's Vengeance
Sat Feb 1, 3:23 PM ET BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Immediate popular reaction in Baghdad on Saturday to the loss of the U.S. space shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew -- including the first Israeli in space -- was that it was God's retribution. "We are happy that it broke up," government employee Abdul Jabbar al-Quraishi said. "God wants to show that his might is greater than the Americans. They have encroached on our country. God is avenging us," he said. . . . Car mechanic Mohammed Jaber al-Tamini noted Israeli air force Colonel Ilan Ramon was among the dead. . . . "Israel launched an aggression on us when it raided our nuclear reactor without any reason, now time has come and God has retaliated to their aggression," Tamini said. /ALLAHU AKBAR HALLELUJAH/
Germany, France urge peace MSNBC NEWS SERVICES Jan. 22 — Germany issued its strongest denunciation yet of looming military action against Iraq on Wednesday and pledged to work with France to prevent war.
“Our people can count on the German and French governments combining our powers and efforts to keep the peace, prevent war and maintaining the security,” German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder wrote in the Berliner Zeitung newspaper. President Jacques Chirac, speaking later alongside Schroeder in Paris, said France, which has the power to veto any U.N. Security Council resolution, shared Berlin’s view on Iraq.
Arab ministerial committee in Khartoum to discuss Qathafi proposals Libya-Regional, Politics, 1/8/2003 The Arab League has announced in Cairo that an Arab ministerial committee will meet on January 13 in Khartoum to study proposals by Libya's Leader of the Revolution Colonel Muammar al Qathafi, aiming at strengthening the Arab stand towards Israel and the USA. The Director of the Arab affairs department at the Arab League, Ali Jarroush, said that the committee which includes Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Jordan, Syria and the Palestinians will be meeting at the level of the foreign ministers. Jarroush said that one of the Qathafi proposals is that the summit which was held in Amman in 2001 would resort to the "Military option" by the Arabs "against Israel" in case it will not accept the return back of all Palestinians to their homeland. /"There will be no peace in the Middle East until Palestine is restored; repatriate the Palestinian refugees"/
Al Assad discusses with Gul bilateral relations, the situation n the region, stressed international legitimacy
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 1/6/2003 Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday in Damascus received the Turkish prime minister Abdullah Gul and members of the accompanying delegation. Syria and Turkey vowed to ". . . work relentlessly to ward off the ghost of war from Iraq because the war against Iraq "might open the box of evils."
Iraq Dismisses Bush Comments on Peace Jan 3, 8:22 AM (ET) By SAMEER N. YACOUB BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq on Friday dismissed President Bush's statement that he hoped the crisis over Iraqi arms could be overcome peacefully, saying it was hard to believe he had "suddenly become rational." Speaking of what Iraqi officials regard as Bush's penchant for aggression, the official daily Al-Iraq said "the dog's tail will never be straight" - the Arabic version of the English-language maxim "you can't teach an old dog new tricks."
AP Online 12/16/02 Russia Indirectly Criticizes U.S. on Iraq UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia indirectly criticized the United States on Monday for dismissing Iraq's weapons declaration as deficient even before U.N. inspectors give their assessment of the 12,000-page document.
"It is not for Russia or for anybody else to make any judgments until we hear from /the/ UN" said Russia's U.N. Ambassador Sergey Lavrov
USA Today 12/1/02
. . .If the new round of inspections eventually finds full cooperation by the Iraqis in the disarmament effort, U.N. resolutions call for the Security Council to consider lifting international economic sanctions imposed on /Iraq/...
Excerpts from letter from Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister Naji Sabri to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan: . . . The aggression of the United States of America and its single-handed infliction of injustice and destruction on those subjected to its inequity in the forefront of whom are the Muslim and Arab believers, is the basic reason why America . . . /is/ reaping the hatred of the peoples of the world due to its policies and aggressive objectives. This is a situation which no other country in the world has experienced before, including the fathers of old colonialism.. . .The price this courageous people /Iraqis,Arabs,Muslims/ paid to safeguard their independence, dignity and sublime principles was rivers of blood, with a lot of deprivation and loss of their riches, along with their eternal achievements and record, of which they are proud.. . .advise the ignorants not to push things to the precipice, in the implementation,. . .
Arabs: Iraq to accept arms teams Sunday, November 10, 2002 Posted: 12:56 PM EST (1756 GMT). . . Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa defended the vote /for the resolution/ and assured other Arab leaders that the resolution does not authorise the use of U.S. military force. "We have struggled and shouldered a lot of difficulties to bring about the resolution," ... U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has assured . . . in writing "that there is nothing in the resolution to allow it to be used as a pretext to launch a war on Iraq and that if the U.S. administration had any intention of resorting to military action, this resolution wouldn't have taken seven weeks."
Bush's Iraq adventure is bound to backfire -- Youssef M. Ibrahim IHT Friday, November 1, 2002 Marching into a trap NEW YORK Let us not be fooled: The upcoming war against Iraq has nothing to do with the war against terror. President George W. Bush's war is fueled by two things: bolstering the president's popularity as he attempts to ride on the natural wave of American patriotism unleashed by the criminal attacks of Sept. 11; and a misguided temptation to get more oil out of the Middle East by turning a ''friendly" Iraq into a private American oil pumping station. Both will backfire . . . it is almost a certainty that a U.S. attack will trigger a wider regional war that will drag in Israel, Lebanon and Syria. Hezbollah in Lebanon, another Iranian creature, will start this one, or Israel, America's best friend and ally in the region, will do it if attacked by Iraq.. . .The war on terror so far is a failure. This administration has confiscated the civil rights of millions of people in America, encouraged Americans to spy on one another, alienated America's Arab and Muslim friends and let Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda's top lieutenants slip through its fingers.. . .
I hope wisdom prevails before the United States jumps into the Iraqi inferno.
Thousands March Against War in Iraq Sunday, October 27, 2002
8:45 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters circled the White House on Saturday after Jesse Jackson and other speakers denounced the Bush
administration's Iraq policies and demanded a revolt at the ballot box to promote peace.
The protest coincided with anti-war demonstrations from Augusta, Maine, to San Francisco and abroad from Rome and Berlin to Tokyo to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Mexico City. In Washington and many of the other demonstrations, protesters added complaints about U.S. policy toward the Palestinians. `We must not be diverted. In two years we've lost 2 million jobs, unemployment is up, stock market down, poverty up,' Jackson told a spirited crowd in Washington. `It's time for a change. It's time to vote on Nov. 5 for hope. We need a regime change in this /USofA/ country.'. . .`If we launch a pre-emptive strike on Iraq we lose all moral authority,'' Jackson told the chanting, cheering throng spread out on green lawns near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A sign showed Bush's face at the end of two bright red bombs with the caption: `Drop Bush, not bombs.'
Saddam: Free Russian Hostages Story Filed: Friday, October 25, 2002 6:12 PM EDT BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- President Saddam Hussein on Friday urged Chechen rebels to free their hostages in Moscow, saying the standoff will anger the Russian people when the real enemies of Islam are Americans and Israel. ``The tyrant of the age, namely Zionism and America, and not Russia, or China or India are our enemies,'' Saddam said. . . he was making his appeal to the rebels ``in order not to let Zionists and Americans take over the land of Islam.'' If the Chechens end their siege, ``we will be partners in the path of goodness,'' . . . the Chechens would ``make an accomplishment not only for yourselves but for Arabs, Muslims and humanity at large.''
October 15, 2002 Iraqi referendum delivers Saddam 'yes' to seven more years in BAGHDAD (AFX)Iraqis went to the polls today in a referendum that demonstrated a
massive show of support for President Saddam Hussein, even as Washington remains at
loggerheads with other Security Council members over a new UN resolution on arms
inspections. Iraqis turned out in their thousands and gave Saddam Hussein, the sole candidate, seven more years in office. The administration's number two Ezzat Ibrahim, head of the committee supervising the referendum, urged people to say "Yes, Yes," to Saddam, branding US President George Bush a "criminal" and accusing his administration of "cheating and deceiving the American people."
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 10, 2002 (The Christian Science Monitor via COMTEX) For months, whenever President Bush spoke of "regime change" in Iraq, the assumption was he meant Saddam Hussein had to go. Now, Mr. Bush is signaling he could accept a world where Mr. Hussein - though a fully disarmed Hussein /which he already IS/ -- remains the man in charge in Iraq. Just as the president shifted in the months after 9/11 /when he realized he would never FIND Osama/ from a focus on Osama bin Laden to saying the chief enemy was not one man but international terrorism, he seems to be saying now that the aim is not removing one man but disarming Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction. . . ."Bush's words. . . weren't even so much about Saddam. They were about Bush and his desire to convince people that he is a reasonable man, that he doesn't want war," says Jon Wolfsthal, deputy director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. ... Wolfsthal says it isn't coincidence that the normally expansive Donald Rumsfeld, secretary of Defense, has been unusually quiet over recent days. "I think somebody looked at what the president wants to accomplish at this point and said, 'Don, take a vacation.' "
BONIOR DEFENDS IRAQ TRIP, SAYS U.S. ON DANGEROUS PATH TO WAR Story Filed: Thursday, October 03, 2002 2:53 AM EST WASHINGTON, Oct 2, 2002 (States News Service via COMTEX) Hours after returning from Baghdad, Rep. David Bonior said the White House is placing the United States on a dangerous path to an unneeded war with Iraq. Following his three-day trip to Iraq with two other House members, the Mt. Clemens Democrat said he worried that an invasion aimed at ousting Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein could destabilize the entire Middle East and put Americans at an increased risk of terrorist attacks. . . . "If you think we had it bad when 19 people took down four planes, imagine what you're going to have when you have stirred up the entire Arab world over what they view as being unfair," McDermott /D-Washington/ said. "The potential here for having to defend our embassies, our soldiers . . . is enormous because of what we may unleash in terms of hatred."
Saddam receives cable of solidarity from Iraqi expatriates
Story Filed: Monday, September 30, 2002 9:57 AM EST
Sep 30, 2002 (Al-Bawaba via COMTEX) -- President Saddam Hussein has received a telegram
of pledge from Iraqi expatriates, INA news agency reported Sunday.
The telegram was sent by chairman of the 17th conference of Iraqi expatriates Shaker Al-
Khafaji who pledged, on behalf of the Iraqi expatriates gathering in Sofia, to defend
Baghdad's positions in international forums and confront all aggressive policies, INA
"We express our full solidarity with the wise and brave leadership of Iraq and hail
President Hussein's brave and honorable stances in /confronting/ the evil policies that aim at harming Iraq's sovereignty," Al-Khafaji said. (Albawaba.com)
By Al-Bawaba Reporters
Israel killed 1897 Palestinians since the beginning of the Intifada Palestine-Israel, Politics, 9/27/2002 Excerpts from recent communications regarding the September 11th bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
The Palestinian activist in defense of human rights, Mustafa Barghouthi, said in Ramullah on Wednesday that 1897 Palestinians were killed and 41,000 wounded since the beginning of the Palestinian Intifada two years ago. Barghouthi, who presides over the largest non-governmental Palestinian medical organization, added that these figures represent 3.1% of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Barghouthi explained that 2500 of the wounded Palestinians including 500 children have become disabled.
MASSACHUSETTS LAWMAKERS HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT IRAQ PLANS WASHINGTON, Sept 4, 2002 (States News Service via COMTEX) -- As President Bush began meeting with members of Congress to discuss how to deal with Iraq, Massachusetts lawmakers unanimously expressed caution about a U.S. military operation aimed at overthrowing dictator Saddam Hussein . . ."I think the president has done a lousy job in making the case," said Rep. Barney Frank of Newton. "The incoherence and lack of competence is quite striking."
. . .Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said . . .that all diplomatic efforts should be exhausted first.
"Military action should be a last resort, not the first resort," Kennedy said.
Saddam: U.S. 'believes it should control the world'September 2, 2002 Posted: 1:47 PM EDT (1747 GMT)
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, accusing the United States of coveting Middle Eastern oil and believing it should "control the world," said Monday that such U.S. designs are starting to dawn on European leaders and should concern all the world's citizens.
Allies Oppose U.S-Led War on Iraq Story Filed: Friday, August 23, 2002 9:51 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- President Bush's latest jab at Saddam Hussein didn't get much public support from allies Thursday, and Russia challenged his view that the world would benefit if the Iraqi regime is toppled. . . . In Moscow, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Trubnikov called the idea of an attack on Iraq ``unacceptable,'' and he said his country did not agree Saddam should be ousted. On Monday, Russia confirmed it was talking with Iraq about a 10-year trade agreement.
News June 26, 2002
Saddam expects mounting U.S. pressure Iraqi President Saddam Hussein predicted American pressure on Iraq would mount and thus called on his people to stand fast.
"The U.S.-Zionist conspiracies against Iraq will be more aggressive because they (the Americans) now see a more united and developing Iraq," Saddam said during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday night. His comments were printed by the state-run al-Iraq newspaper on Wednesday.
Story Filed: Monday, April 01, 2002 6:55 AM ESTIn Iraq, President Saddam Hussein urged Arab countries to adopt ``economic measures'' against Israel and its supporters. He did not elaborate, but the ruling Baath party in a statement called on the Arabs to use oil as a weapon, apparently by cutting off supplies to the West in order to force Western powers to pressure Israel. ``If oil is not used today as a weapon in the battle to enhance the honor and dignity of our (Arab) nation and our religion and to liberate our land and holy places against Zionism and America, it will be a curse.''
Story Filed: Thursday, March 21, 2002 5:57 AM EST
Mar 21, 2002 (Al-Bawaba via COMTEX) -- Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has called on the United States to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction, suggesting it undergo "psychiatric supervision" for its new nuclear weapons strategy that targets seven countries, including Iraq.
"America must first eliminate its weapons of mass destruction before asking the rest of the world to do the same," Saddam said on Wednesday while receiving a delegation of chemists and pharmacology experts.
"The enemies (Israel & US) must eliminate their nuclear and biological arsenals to avoid the risk of such weapons being seized by terrorists, as was the case of an American terrorist who produced anthrax spores," the Iraqi president expressed.
If Washington took the first step to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, the "whole world" would follow suit, Saddam said, quoted by the official INA news agency, according to AFP.
Saddam added that Washington should be put under "psychiatric supervision for suggesting they would use nuclear weapons against certain countries."
The US Nuclear Posture Review, a secret report to Congress leaked earlier this month, points to the potential use of US nuclear strikes against non-nuclear armed countries pursuing weapons of mass destruction: China, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria and Russia. (Albawaba.com)
SADDAM on the Middle East
Tuesday, March 05, 2002 1:01 PM EST "Our prime initiative now is to support the Palestinian people in their fight and armed struggle. . .Stopping the intifada is an act of heresy, and any attempt to stop it a crime and a plot hatched against the Palestinian people. . .We hope to see the kings and presidents work to strengthen the Palestinians and to support justice," when they hold an upcoming summit in Beirut on March 27. "Arab countries are called upon to adopt a prudent and wise position to restore prestige to the Arabs ... in the face of the US-Israeli escalation against our relatives in occupied territories," the official daily said. Albawaba.com
September 26, 2001 4:16 PM EST
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said on Wednesday he would be a hypocrite if he had sent condolences to the United States over the September 11 suicide attacks on Washington and New York.
``(U.S. President George) Bush wants us to condole with him,'' Iraqi television quoted Saddam as telling a visiting envoy of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
``If I had done so, then I would not have respected my people...as Bush is the president of a state which launches war on us and bombs us in a despicable terrorist way,'' he said.
September 18, 2001 9:02 AM EDT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The United States is using the attacks on New York and Washington as a pretext to settle old scores with Muslim countries, Saddam Hussein said Tuesday.
In what was billed as an open letter to Americans, Saddam said differences in foreign policy had led Washington to assume that ``Islam, with Arabs in the lead of Muslims, are enemies of the U.S.''
The message, released by the official Iraqi News Agency, is Saddam's second such missive to the American people about the Sept. 11 attacks. The first told Americans their suffering should open their eyes to the pain they've inflicted on others, particularly Iraqis and Palestinians.
September 20, 2001 3:55 PM EST
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein criticized U.S. rescue efforts at the devastated World Trade Center site in New York Thursday, saying more experienced Iraqis would have found survivors in the rubble.
``America has let down its people. Many who could have been saved died. They could have been saved if the mission had been given to Iraqis trained by the tragedies America inflicted on Iraq,'' Saddam told a group of officers.
Saddam was referring to the 1991 Gulf War and subsequent Western air raids on Iraq, in which he said 200,000 tons of bombs had been dropped on the country.
``They (the U.S. authorities) should have saved the living from day one and rescue work should have been carried out by ordinary people and not limited to rescue workers,'' Saddam said.
More quotes from Baghdad
September 17, 2001 8:48 AM EST
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's most influential newspaper said Monday it expected the country to be a target of U.S. retaliation after last week's attacks in New York and Washington.
``We do not rule out that we are in the forefront of countries that America wants to attack,'' said Babel, the newspaper of President Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday.
Babel said U.S. concentration on Afghanistan as the primary focus of any revenge strike could be a cover for a plan to hit other countries like North Korea, Iran, Sudan and Syria.
Al-Thawra, an official newspaper, said the United States was intent on using the attack as an excuse to ``humiliate totally'' Arabs and Muslims.
The american bully demands countries "choose up"
September 22, 2001 4:51 PM EDT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein criticized President Bush on Saturday for telling nations to choose sides in the coming war against terrorism -- saying it was a choice that Iraq has never demanded countries make.
When Iraqis were killed, ``we did not ask the world to be either with us or with the terror, as America is doing,'' the Iraqi leader told his Cabinet, in remarks carried on state TV.
``Instead, we thanked those who sympathized with us, without regarding those who failed to do so as our enemies,'' he said.
Z A B I B A H
August 15, 2001 9:53 AM EDT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A novel believed written by Saddam Hussein is set to be transformed into a big-budget stage play, with its story of a popular king who falls in love with a commoner and its allegory for the West's persecution of Iraq.
The daily Al-Iraq said Wednesday the novel, ``Zabibah and the King,'' will be brought to life on stage because of its ``deep meanings symbolizing the love of the homeland and nation.''
The paper named an all-star cast of Iraqi actors, poets, composers and directors who will take part in the production, to be overseen by the Ministry of Culture.
August 30, 2001 1:12 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The more U.S. and British warplanes bomb Iraq, the more Iraq shoots back -- and, it seems, the closer a defiant Iraq gets to its goal of knocking an allied pilot out of the sky.
U.S. and British planes have bombed Iraqi air defenses an average of once a week since President Bush took office in January -- 22 times in the south and 10 times in the north -- and yet the Pentagon says Iraq is raising the quality of its defenses and the level of danger to allied planes.
Are the allied pilots poor shots, or are the Iraqis ingenious defenders?
Donald Rumsfeld's VIEW
Rumsfeld frequently has expressed concern about the dangers facing allied pilots, and yet he also has said that the benefits of patrolling the northern and southern zones outweigh the risks. The main benefit, he said, is keeping a close eye on what Saddam's forces are doing, especially in the south.
KEEPING A CLOSE EYE on THIS man???
SADDAM AND DAUGHTER
V I E W S
Whatever people may say. . .
Egyptian Actor Omar Sharif Opposed to War Friday, February 28, 2003 9:14 a.m. ET PARIS (AP) "The Islamic world is in danger of becoming completely radicalized. You're going to encourage a war of religion, East against West and Muslims against Christians, the Crusades. You're going to create more terrorists with this than ever you can imagine," the 69-year-actor said in an interview with The Associated Press. "The whole world is of the same opinion -- that this is ridiculous," he said.
"I will not leave the poor defenseless" saith the Lord.
Tony Benn:. . . I would like Mandela to lead a delegation of Nobel Peace Prize winners to go to Baghdad and negotiate a settlement and while they were there it would be hard for Mr Blair and Mr Bush to kill them with a bombardment.
Tony Benn: If the war /should it come to that/ does not have the support of the security council it will be a war of aggression and those who make it will be guilty of war crimes. If the UN supports it, it will be legal, but wrong because of the suffering and the consequences and I would not support it knowing the Americans had bullied the Security Council into agreeing.
Tony Benn: We need a peace conference under the UN for the whole of the middle-east, with weapons inspectors in Israel as well as Iraq and the Palestinians must have their state for without that there can be no peace.
"We are going to listen to (U.N. chief weapons inspector) Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei (head of the nuclear arms teams). We are going to listen to them and them alone. We are not going to listen to the United States of America," he /Nelson Mandela/ said.
A Statement By President Carter. . . 31 Jan 2003 Atlanta "Despite marshalling powerful armed forces in the Persian Gulf region and a virtual declaration of war in the State of the Union message, our government has not made a case for a preemptive military strike against Iraq, either at home or in Europe."
Volunteer human shields' to head for Iraq; US Marine's regrets Iraq-Regional, Politics, 1/22/2003 A first wave of mainly Western volunteers will leave London this weekend on a convoy bound for Iraq to act as "human shields" at key sites and populous areas in case of a U.S.-led war on Baghdad. "The potential for white Western body parts flying around with the Iraqi ones should make them think again about this imperialist oil war," organizer Ken Nichols, a former U.S. marine in the 1991 Gulf War, told Reuters. "The hypocrisy is mind-blowing. The biggest threat to world security at this moment is (U.S. President) George W. Bush," says Nichols. Nichols said his involvement in the human shield program was in part "penance" for his participation in the Gulf War when a U.S.-led force drove Saddam's troops out of Kuwait.
MSNBC NEWS SERVICES Jan. 22 On January 31, Bush hosts British Prime Minister Tony Blair at Camp David which some see as a possible council of war. /There they go again./
Australia will arrest anyone who looks like Saddam Hussein - Mahathir KUALA LUMPUR (AFX-ASIA) "I expected this to happen because they see anybody who is a little bit coloured and has a moustache looks like (Iraqi President) Saddam Hussein, they will arrest. That's their way," Mahathir /Prime Minister of Malaysia/ told reporters. His remarks were the latest in a series of broadsides aimed at Australia, including a suggestion that Prime Minister John Howard saw himself as "a white man sheriff in some black country."
December 16, 2002 "No one is seeking war, anybody who looks for war as a goal in itself is psychologically ill. . ." Syria's President Bashar Assad said yesterday in London.
Babel /Uday's paper/ said Iraq's compliance with the resolution reflected Baghdad's goodwill . . . Iraq should be rewarded by the U.N. Security Council through lifting the 12-year-old sanctions. . .
Sabri. . .stressed that the Security Council had a duty to lift sanctions against Iraq. . .
TIME magazine EUROPE Nov. 11, 2002/Vol. 160 No. 20 about Jack Chirac: "His pistols may not be as powerful as George W. Bush's, but his aim is true."
The London based Al-Hayat newspaper quoted the Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov as saying that his country rejects the U.S trends that allow the unilateral use of force. He added that his country calls for adopting a statement that asserts the U.N’s responsibility in dealing with any crisis in accordance to the U.N charter.
`It has been suggested that we hold war and peace in our hands (and) we decline that statement,' Blix /chief weapons inspector/ told journalists after discussing the U.S. proposal inside the /UN/Security Council. `Our job is to report.'
10/14/02 `Whenever I am tired, I look up into his face, and his power comes to me,' Khamis said Monday after laboring night and day to finish /a/ 20-Foot Saddam /statue/ along with nine other chalk-and-gilt renderings of Saddam in time for Election Day.
ANC Supports Saddam Hussein Grahamstown, Oct 10, 2002 (East Cape News/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX Prof Paul Maylam from the Rhodes University history department. . .said that Bush was pushing for war to secure his country's oil interests in the Middle East and bolster his popularity ahead of the upcoming mid-term elections in the US. "Bush is an inferior man of limited intelligence. He /Bush/ is a trigger-happy cowboy" Maylam said. "The Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld axis of aggression is reluctant for arms inspections because they are afraid that there will be nothing there."
On October 7 speech in Cincinnati, OH -- Bush "tries to deceive the world by listing some of his past lies against Iraq," the daily quoted Information Minister Mohammad Said Al-Sahaf as saying in his comments on Bush's strongly-worded speech. "Bush attempts to blackmail the (UN) Security Council in a bid to release an oppressive resolution that would just increase and prolong Iraqis' sufferings," Al-Sahaf added.
CONGRESSMEN TRAVEL TO IRAQ FOR U.S. NATIONAL INTERESTS September 26, 2002 "I tend to think there are other ways to deal with the disarmament of Iraq, and we should exhaust every single possibility to do that before the United States takes the absolutely unprecedented step of a preemptive strike," McDermott /D-Rep. Washington/ said. "The day the United States starts saying, 'We don't like this leader; we're going to take him out no matter what the human cost is,' we have crossed a major line in international behavior. And I am very worried about that."
Sept 4, 2002 Massachusetts USA "In veterans' halls and union halls and senior citizen centers and religious groups, a lot of people raised the issue and the overwhelming majority of people expressed concern about any kind of invasion," McGovern /US Representative from Massachusetts/ said. "I was shopping at a grocery store and had a couple of people come up to me and say, please don't let us get dragged into a war with Iraq."
August 25, 2002 The Yemeni president. . . renewed his country's rejection to the American threats against Iraq. He said "This is a serious phenomenon that a 'certain country' seeks changing the regime in any other country. This matter belongs to the people of this country." . . . adding that the "region is boiling politically and all the Arab states will have the same destiny as Iraq." He continued "What is happening to Iraq will happen to the neighboring countries: Iran. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other countries."
June 25, 2002
The Iraqi National Assembly called for supporting Baghdad and exerting efforts to stop “Zionist-backed U.S threats”, to end the unjust embargo and stop interference in Iraq’s internal affairs. Hammid Rasheed al-Rawi, Deputy Speaker of Iraqi National Assembly . . . urged International, European and Arab Parliaments to stop U.S threats against Iraq. The UN Charter does not allow interference in internal affairs of states and that was also confirmed by international resolutions of the Security Council, al-Rawi asserted. Al-Rawi further described U.S. ongoing threats against Iraq as a violation of all international Charters and laws. U.S illegitimate use of force . . . constitutes aggression on a member state of the U.N and causes danger for world security and peace, al-Rawi added.
Arafat Held Hostage in Ramallah``We want to blow up embassies if Arafat becomes a martyr,'' protesters chanted. ``We want to hijack planes if Arafat becomes a martyr.''
Palestinian Planning Minister Nabil Shaath on Sunday rejected U.S. and Israeli demands that Arafat do more to stop Palestinian suicide attacks, saying the Palestinian leader is ``a hostage.''
``The Palestinian people in Ramallah are hostages of Israeli forces, and the American president speaks of Israel's right to defend itself ... This is very astonishing. We have not seen this before,'' Shaath said after talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher.
Historian Martin Krefflid: Israel will not defeat the Palestinians
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 3/25/2002
The military historian Martin van Kreffland has said that the history of the Arab - Israeli conflict has proved that Israel will not be able to defeat the Palestinians, despite the tremendous military force it owns.
The US "Time" magazine quoted Kreffland who works at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem that the Israeli army might be one of the strongest armies in the world, fighting the Palestinians who only own guns, pistols and locally made mortar bombs, and despite of that the equilibrium will be flipped down when it comes to will.
NO WEAPONS INSPECTORS: Ramadan, the Iraqi vice president, said recently that the aim of /weapons inspectors/ return would be "to refresh their data on Iraq so that the next strike will be more harmful than the previous ones."
March 21, 2002 On Dick Cheney's Attempt to Circumvent the Legitimate Government of Turkey:
Chief of Staff Gen. Huseyin Kivrikoglu, who has not met any foreign leader since taking office four years ago, chaired a meeting with Cheney but Foreign Minister Ismail Cem was also included to provide a civilian presence, commentators said.
"If his insistence on meeting Gen. Kivrikoglu is due to the idea that the military in Turkey is more influential than the civilian authority, this is a lack of respect to the Turkish people and the Turkish Republic" wrote Oktay Eksi, chief columnist of the daily Hurriyet.
SADDAM AND PUTIN
" . . .Putin's envoy handed Saddam a letter expressing ``Russia's keenness to expand and boost cooperation in the interests of the two friendly countries.''
The letter. . . also expressed Russia's desire ``to develop constructive ties to lift the sanctions and solve the Iraqi case politically and diplomatically.''
Daniel Shorr on Assassinations
WASHINGTON, Sep 21, 2001 (The Christian Science Monitor via COMTEX) -- The presidential ban on assassinations may or may not be formally rescinded. It is, in any event, being treated by the Bush administration as - pardon the expression - a dead letter.
The prohibition on government-sponsored assassinations goes back to the Ford administration. It came in the wake of revelations that, under Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, the CIA had plotted the murder of eight foreign leaders, most notably Fidel Castro, but also including Sukarno of Indonesia, Patrice Lumumba of the Congo, and Leonidas Trujillo of the Dominican Republic.
In February 1976, President Ford signed Executive Order 12333, forbidding anyone employed by the United States government to "engage in or conspire to engage in assassination."
Successive presidents renewed the order, but some found ways of evading it while paying lip service to it.
The Reagan administration adopted an interpretation exempting death incidental to a military action. Ordering the bombing of Col. Muammar Qaddafi's compound in Libya in 1986, President Reagan said he wasn't trying to get one man, but added, "I don't think any of us would have shed any tears if that happened."
A similarly dry-eyed President George Bush ordered the bombing of the presidential palace in Baghdad in 1991, during the Gulf War, and said, "We're not in the position of targeting Saddam Hussein, but no one will weep for him when he is gone."
During the Clinton administration, another interpretation of the assassination ban made an exception for killing a foreign leader engaged in terrorism against America. President Clinton signed a secret order authorizing the use of lethal force against Osama bin Laden's "organization." That he might not survive was tacitly understood.
In 1991, during the Gulf War, I wrote in The Washington Post, "It is time to change Executive Order 12333 to spare us from presidential double-talk about designs on the lives of foreign foes."
That issue arises again. The Clinton order to go after Mr. bin Laden's organization is still in effect. The Bush administration is in the process of making its own search-and-destroy plans to fulfill the president's "dead or alive" order.
A 25-year-old executive order reflecting the reaction to mindless cold-war plotting against President Castro and other third-world leaders seems totally anachronistic after Sept.11. It is time to rescind an assassination ban that has no more reason for existing.
Daniel Schorr is a senior news analyst at NPR.
"With a simple look at the US behaviors, we find that it judges the behavior of the poor Palestinian children whose country was occupied: if they throw stones against the Israeli occupation, it says they are terrorists whereas when the Israeli pilots bombed the United Nations building in Qana, Lebanon while full of children and women, the US stopped any plan to condemn Israel. Wherever we look, we find the US as the leader of terrorism and crime in the world."
Osama Bin Laden speaks out. . .
"U.S. aggression is affecting Muslim civilians, not just the military."
"We declared jihad against the US government, because the US government is unjust, criminal and tyrannical. It has committed acts that are extremely unjust, hideous and criminal. . ."
"No one argues today about three facts that are known to everyone; we will list them, in order to remind everyone
First, for over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples.
If some people have in the past argued about the fact of the occupation, all the people of the Peninsula have now acknowledged it.
The best proof of this is the Americans' continuing aggression against the Iraqi people using the Peninsula as a staging post, even though all its rulers are against their territories being used to that end, but they are helpless.
Second, despite the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed, which has exceeded 1 million... despite all this, the Americans are once against trying to repeat the horrific massacres, as though they are not content with the protracted blockade imposed after the ferocious war or the fragmentation and devastation.
So here they come to annihilate what is left of this people and to humiliate their Muslim neighbors.
Third, if the Americans' aims behind these wars are religious and economic, the aim is also to serve the Jews' petty state and divert attention from its occupation of Jerusalem and murder of Muslims there.
The best proof of this is their eagerness to destroy Iraq, the strongest neighboring Arab state, and their endeavor to fragment all the states of the region such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Sudan into paper statelets and through their disunion and weakness to guarantee Israel's survival and the continuation of the brutal crusade occupation of the Peninsula.
All these crimes and sins committed by the Americans are a clear declaration of war on God, his messenger, and Muslims. "