Saddam HusseinÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½s name was used by mainstream Western media to depict a barbaric and sadistic person. The scribes conveniently forgot, or did not take the time to learn about, the years in which Iraq was the premier Arab state that offered more human rights to its public than other Arab nations, especially in the area of freedom of religion and the liberation of women.
The UPI press release consisted of quotes from an ex-U.S. Marine of Lebanese descent, Nadim Rabeh. In addition to the U.S. version of the capture date being off by two days, during an interview in Lebanon, Rabeh stated:
I was among the 20-man unit, including eight of Arab descent, who searched for Saddam for three 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. We captured him after fierce resistance during which a Marine of Sudanese origin was killed.
Rabeh recounted how Saddam fired at them with a gun from the window of a room on the second floor. Then, the Marines shouted at him in Arabic, "You have to surrender. There is no point in resisting."
Iraq Screen published an article shortly before Saddam HusseinÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½s assassination. The author interviewed an Iraqi officer of the Republican Guard who participated in the battle for the airport in Baghdad in April 2003. The officer recalled:
While I was busy shooting with my colleagues, all of a sudden, we found Saddam Hussein with a number of his assistants inside the airport, we were really surprised because we did not expect such a thing, but Saddam went forward and took an RPG and put it on his shoulder and began to shoot by himself. We gathered around him and begged him to stay aside and leave us fighting because if we would be killed, we are common officers, but if he is killed, we would lose our leader. Saddam turned to us and said, "Look, I am no better than any one of you and this is the high time to defend our great Iraq and it would be a great honor to be killed as a martyr for the sake of Iraq."
Many people have stated that George Bush lied about everything to do with Iraq: weapons of mass destruction; the Bin-Laden/Saddam Hussein link; Iraqi involvement with 9-11; fictitious biological weapons trailers; the Iraqi imprisonment of a U.S. pilot since 1991, etc. Yet, the same people who question BushÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½s lies about Iraq, broadcast the myths about Saddam Hussein and his regime. If Bush had lied about everything else, why should one believe his statements about the BaÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½ath Party and IraqÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½s president? Logic would argue that he lied about Saddam as well.
From the announcement of the guilty verdict on November 5, 2006 until 6:00am on December 30, 2006, Saddam Hussein was the freest man in Iraq although he was behind bars. His mind was clear and he awaited death with dignity. Not once did he crack under torture or pressure.
Other leaders, such as Moammar Gadhafi and Manuel Noriega did succumb to U.S. pressure. Gadhafi, once a revolutionary, is nothing more than the head inspector of the transfer of his countryÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½s oil to the petroleum-guzzling nations. He no longer has a grand view of society. He may not be in jail, but he is a slave.
Noriega quickly began singing when the U.S. put on the pressure. He admitted to drug trafficking, despite the U.S. being his partner. And, he made a big deal of stating that he had found Jesus after he was incarcerated. He was a slave behind bars.
When the BaÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½athist agenda took hold in the 1970s, the government introduced many revolutionary aspects to Iraqi life: the equality of women; universal education; universal healthcare; much-improved public transportation; emphasis on science, etc. By the 1980s, Iraq was thriving and the crown jewel of the Middle East. But, along with the improvements came jealousy and greed. The U.S., because of its no-questions-asked affinity to Israel, had to take Iraq back a few notches. Oil was quickly becoming a symbol of world power, not just something to keep a countryÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½s energy requirements in place.