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Zulhijja 16, 1428, December 27, 2007. #98
Breaking news: Stop "Press." Latest Tragedy in Pakistan:
[From our Pakistan Monitor]
Benazir Bhutto Assassinated: U.S. Pakistan Policy in
Shambles: Serious Consequences Possible, including U.S.
military intervention and inner-Pak-army Conflict
December 27, 2007: Peoples' Party leader Benazir Bhutto died
of her injuries at 6.15 PM local time after she was attacked
in Rawalpindi following a public gathering she addressed at
Liaqat Bagh. Four hours later there is confusion about the
cause of death. Reports say that she was shot several times
by a sniper and died of blood loss. Other reports say that a
human bomber detonated near her vehicle and the count of
people killed in the bombing has risen from a first count of
14 to 30. The bomb attack was aimed at policemen who were
killed in large numbers. There is speculation that government
agents used the cover of the explosion to shoot her. Veteran
Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir told Fox News in a live feed
that Peoples Party leaders are blaming Musharraf for the
murder. [The version of the government role is strengthened
by the news that Nawaz Sharif's procession was also fired
upon in Islamabad and 4 of his people killed.] General
Musharraf was unhappy that America wanted to bring in Ms.
Bhutto. He could see that he was going to have to share
America's favors with her.
Observers agree that Ms. Bhutto went to Pakistan with the
backing of the U.S. owing to the failure of General Musharraf
to suppress the Islamic forces. Musharraf is despised by
almost all Pakistanis. Ms. Bhutto was supposed to sop up
support by feeding off the general negativity against
Musharraf and thus become hugely popular. Her backers did not
realize that Pakistan has changed. Musharraf takes the
greatest security precautions while venturing out. Ms. Bhutto
was openly abusing the forces of Islam and calling for their
physical extinction. She claimed that Musharraf's attack on
the Red Mosque and the Women's University were definitely
needed and should have been done much earlier.
Just before she was killed, she met Karzai of Kabul and the
two resolved to hit the Islamists with the full cooperation
of the Pakistan army. Waziristan needs to be wiped out
according to Ms. Bhutto's viewpoint.
As we go to the "press" supporters of Peoples Party are
rioting in Karachi and several other cities in Sind.
Our analysts say that the Pakistan army could face serious
internal unrest because this new situation could lead the
U.S. to plan/carry out military intervention in Pakistan's
northern areas. America's Pakistan policy is in shambles and
the U.S., with Israeli backing, may well react in a knee-jerk
fashion. General Musharraf may well be worried now: Will the
U.S. keep him in its service or will General Kayani take
over. The situation is wide open. India and Israel could play
important roles in the moves the U.S. will carry out.
Two older items from PAKISTAN written before the latest
tragedy: from Pakistan monitor
Islamic Movement Extends Hand of Friendship and Peace
December 24, 2007: On the eve of Christmas, Jamaate Islami
Pakistan published a message of friendship and peace with
Christians and offered gifts to Christian churches. In
Karachi, Muhammad Hussain Mahnati, Ameer of Karachi's Jamaat,
and a delegation with him, visited the Church of Pakistan,
congratulated the Bishop and other clerics on Christmas and
gave them cakes and flowers as tokens of peace. The Jamaate
Islami leader said that Jesus, pbuh, is not only honored by
Christians but by Muslims as well. There is no basis for
conflict between the two and the well-orchestrated campaign
by special interests to create conflict must be exposed and
condemned. Bishop Daniel reciprocated the Ameer's sentiment
and thanked him for the tokens of love.
Jamaate Islami on the Move to Boycott
On December 23, Jamaate Islami's national leader Syed
Munawar Hasan spoke at a camp set up in Malir, a township in
Karachi city, to thank the people of Karachi for the record
number of sacrificed animals' hides they donated to the
Jamaat on Eid al-Adha. The hides are sold to provide funds
for charity given to the widows, orphans and the needy.
Munawar Hasan said that Musharraf's election plans are a big
fraud. The nation, he said, has rejected Musharraf and all
[New Trend observers say that JI and Imran Khan's Insaf
movement are drawing the biggest crowds and both are
supporting boycott. By contrast, Benazir's latest meeting,
in Peshawar, was a complete flop. Only a couple of hundred
people attended. Nawaz Sharif's meetings are drawing bigger
crowds than Benazir's but nothing significant.
[Meanwhile there are reports that 50 U.S. SPECIAL FORCES
officers have entered Pakistan to help in military operations
in Waziristan. More are expected. On December 26, Karzai of
Kabul visited Musharraf in Islamabad. Both have the
confidence of the Bush administration and are planning a big
strike against the Taliban.
Top Heroes and Heroines of the Year 2007
Prepared by New Trend's Think Tank. Listing does not imply
that we agree with every viewpoint of those listed.
1. Khalid Misha'al in Damascus, Syria [for his leadership of
Palestinians and refusal to recognize Israel].
2. Abdul Rashid Ghazi, leader of the Red Mosque in Islamabad,
Pakistan, who went down gun in hand rather than accept
General Musharraf's overwhelming use of force.
3. Umm Hasan, woman leader of Jamia Hafsa, Women's Seminary
in Islamabad, Pakistan, who educated 5000 women and resisted
4. President Ahmedinejad of Iran for his speech at Columbia
University followed up by his speech at the
5. Prof. Sami al-Arian and Imam Jamil al-Amin for leadership
by steadfastly suffering in innocence [symbolic of all
6. Ahmed Versi, editor of the Muslim News, U.K., for top
notch journalism highlighting the suffering of the Muslims
of "Great" Britain. [muslimnews.co.uk]
7. Minister Louis Farrakhan for his Farewell Address titled
"One Nation Under God" calling for unity
8. Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz, Distinguished Professor of
Mathematics, for being the first scholar in the history of
Black Colleges to be given an Endowed Chair.
9. Sis. Karen English for her leadership in the Boycott of
Businesses Supporting Israel and her visit to the legendary
city of Timbuktu in West Africa.
10. Shaikh Hamid al-Ali, Kuwait, a very unusual preacher who
speaks against oppressors and against anti-Islam forces
11, 12, 13. Most outstanding Christian leaders loyal to the
legacy of Jesus, pbuh:
Charles Carlson for his leadership against Christian Zionism
and his research indicating the false editing of the Bible by
Jewish scholars. [
Mark Glenn for the first national level conference uniting
Muslims and Christians against Israeli warmongering.
President Jimmy Carter for his book Palestine:
Peace not Aparheid.
"Sweat-a-lot" Steve Emerson: Funniest Jew of the
by our Media Monitor
He was visibly sweating in his uncomfortable suit and tie but
Steve Emerson is still running wild, talking the kind of
nonsense which would put him in a mental institution in most
western countries. Here are some of his "ideas." He thinks
that Muslims are crushing "freedom of expression" by
protesting the "cartoons" of the Prophet, pbuh, and by
rejecting the teacher who named a teddy bear "Muhammad." He
thinks there is a "jihad unit" in Hollywood which is
preventing Hollywood from attacking "radical Islam." He
thinks ISNA is a terrorist organization and is puzzled that
the U.S. Department of Justice co-sponsored the most recent
The true victims of our era are not Muslims but people like
hatemongers Hirsi Ali, Irshad Manji and some lesser known
"victims" says Emerson.
Islam hates America. The problem is not Palestine, or U.S.
troops in the Gulf or even Iraq and Afghanistan but that from
the Crusades till now Muslims have hated "us" says Emerson.
This kind of thinking is not very different from that of the
Israeli ambassador during the Israeli attack on Lebanon when
he repeatedly claimed [despite neutral, Irish, testimony to
the contrary] that Israel had hit civilian targets because
Hizbullah was hiding among civilians.
This tirade from Emerson was broadcast by C-Span on December
6, 2007 and again on December 26, 2007. How this kind of
garbage, which even the Bush administration has a problem
accepting, could be broadcast on a supposedly serious channel
[without a Muslim response] is difficult to understand. The
only explanation seems to be that C-Span too is run by a Jew,
a man named Lamb, seemingly very "neutral." [How they hide
their names: Steve and Lamb! Who could guess that they
ISNA-CAIR: The Lowest of the Low: Can they
[from New Trend's Media Monitor.]
In its latest issue, November-December 2007, on page 41,
ISNA's magazine Islamic Horizons published a FULL PAGE
advertisement urging Muslims to join the FBI. It shows the
photo of an FBI Special Agent with a Muslim name holding
hands with his wife wearing hijab and carrying a candle. The
ad urges: "Become an FBI Special Agent."
Is there a point in reminding ISNA and CAIR that the Qur'an
has forbidden any cooperation with the oppressors.
Does hijab have any place in this shameful situation? Under
the protection of the U.S. government, these dirty people are
soiling Islam and trampling on all the decencies and basic
principles of Islam.
ISNA's leaders are renegades. They should stop misusing the
name of Islam and misguiding Muslim youth.
[For those of our readers who have never heard of ISNA, it
stands for Islamic Society of North America and is closely
allied to CAIR. It's a bunch of very rich munafiqueen who
have been misusing the name of Islam for many years. They
supported a bloc vote for Bush and every Eid they spread
confusion and chaos among America's Muslims regarding the
sighting of the crescent.]
Letter: In Defense of Native Deen
Thank you for your efforts to provide information via New
Trend Magazine. I find this source a valuable adjunct to
other alternative sources of news of relevance to Muslims.
Since I know that you had some serious concerns about Native
Deen, I wanted to call to your attention their recent,
outstanding album entitled Not Afraid to Stand Alone.
Through their music, these young men are addressing core
issues of relevance to our Muslim youth. I am very grateful
for their creativity and dedication to the simple and
straightforward message of Islam. Since Native Deen was
seriously slandered in earlier editions of New Trend
Magazine, perhaps you will now consider giving them the
appreciation they are due for bring the authentic message of
Islam in a relevant format to the masses of our youth. Native
Deen is superb at addressing the application of Islam in the
American context. They are filling an important niche and are
a true source of inspiration, particularly for our often
I have know the young men of Native Deen for many many years
(back in the MYNA years, before Native Deen even existed).
These are young men of integrity and commitment. I personally
know the mothers of two of the brothers and the impressive
families that nurtured them. I do not doubt their sincerity
and as an American I understand something of the restricted
environment within which they must work . Yet, they still
continue to produce insightful and positive messages for the
Muslims. I believe that they have a lot to offer the Ummah,
as reflected once again in this latest album . Native Deen
represents us well worldwide and their efforts should be
supported. Thank Allah, they have not "crossed over" in to
the more lucrative secular market as so many other so-called
Muslim musicians have done. Native Deen is a homegrown
natural resource, gems, whose growth and development have
paralleled the maturation of Islam in this country. We are
blessed to have them in our midst.
Your sister in Islam,
Fatimah L.C. Jackson, Ph.D.
University of Maryland
Editor's response: Dear Dr. Jackson: Your eulogy for Native
Deen shows that you have either not read what was published
in New Trend or have misread it. We were not commenting on
ND's song and dance nor the extent to which they can enthuse
young people. We were referring to ND's work for the U.S.
government and the organization of its meetings by U.S.
embassies. Evidently this group is part of the Bush
administration's attempts to create the impression that
Muslims are happy and prosperous in America.The regime is in
fact trying to create a new religion called "moderate Islam"
into which Native Deen stepped and played. I wonder if you
know that Imam Jamil al-Amin, a top leader of the Muslims of
America is in prison and has been severely mistreated. The
same is true of distinguished U.S. Muslims from just about
all ethnicities. In that context, Native Deeen goes out under
the aegis of the State Department, thus clearly and
shamelessly violating the teachings of Islam. If you have any
influemce with this group, speak out against their shameful
sell-out. It's a "Native Deal" not a Native Deen.
[Sincerely, Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D., Associate Professor of
English & Mass Communication.]
I LOVE TEDDY BEARS BUT............
by Rahgeere Saleha
Teddy bears are a symbol of love, cuddliness, warmth
and affection for all ages, especially for children.
Unfortunately some malicious people have used these symbols
of innocence for devious purposes.
In the war between Soviet Russia and Afghanistan, the Russian
army dropped hundreds of toys and teddy bears on Afghan soil.
When Afghan children ran to pick up the toys and teddy bears
they detonated in their hands, near their feet, or in their
faces as they bent down to pick them up.
There is a whole generation in Afghanistan of one
legged, one armed or blind children who were blown up by a
teddy bear. When these children are shown a toy or a teddy
bear they cringe with pain and terror. This should be
called "the teddy bear syndrome" instead of the posttraumatic
More recently a non-Muslim teacher employed by a
school in Sudan used a teddy bear in a manner that caused
hurt and anguish at an emotional rather than a physical
level. It damaged the emotional state of the children and
their parents no less than the detonating teddy bears.
She was given a contract to teach children, which behooved
her to respect the laws of the land even though they were
different from her country of origin. She agreed to abide
by the laws of the country she was being employed in, and she
got the job.
One day she introduced to the class the persona of
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) as "The
Teddy Bear Muhammad".
This was not a live person named Muhammad such as used by
Muslims to name their children in the hope that they would
imbue some of the characteristics of Prophet Muhammad (peace
and blessings be upon him). This was an icon used for
depicting Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him)
sort of like a toy character that portrayed Prophet Muhammad
(peace and blessing be upon him).
This is what I understand from what has been reported but
Allah knows best, and may He forgive me if I have made a
mistake in understanding the issue.
The perplexed congregation at our local church who
could not fathom why someone would be offended by a little
teddy bear asked the Imam of our local mosque why was the
teacher put in jail? Here is what the Imam said:
"If I am German while I am in Germany I have the freedom to
drive more than 100 miles an hour on the autobahn if I so
desire. However when I come to the United States and get a
license to drive, inherent in that license, is that I agree
to abide by the rules of this country and state.
If I then decide to exercise my "freedom" and drive
100 miles an hour on the interstate, because that is what I
did in my country, do you think that the US State patrol has
the right to catch me, give me a ticket and or put me in
jail? Is the State trooper doing his job by doing so?
The question is do I have to abide by the laws of the
country I am living in or the country I am from?"
The teacher in Sudan whatever her intentions were
(Allah knows best) did not abide by the laws of that
particular country and therefore was arrested and put
Muslims believe that the Quran is the word of God and has
to be obeyed. In the Quran Allah Subhanawata'ala while
addressing Prophet Muhammad says:
"Say (to the people) if ye do love God follow me (i.e.
Prophet Muhammad PBUH):
God will love you and forgive you your sins.
For God is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful."
And again addressing Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Allah Subhana
wa taala says:
"Say (to the people): Obey God and his Apostle (i.e.
Prophet Muhammad PBUH) But if they turn back,
God loveth not those
Who reject faith."
Muslims do not make photos or icons of God (Allah) and
Muslims do not depict Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be
upon him in photos or icons.
Reducing the complex personality of Prophet Muhammad to an
icon or a picture is a form of disrespect; thus it is
In light of the abovementioned verses of the Quran, as
I understand them, disrespect of Prophet Muhammad, peace and
blessings upon him, is a statement of disobedience and is
equivalent to "turning back", i.e. turning away from the Love
of God. Losing the love of God is a source of great anguish
to the true believer.
Thus those who create, say or act in a disrespectful manner
towards Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him,
knowingly or unknowingly create hurt and anguish in their
fellow human beings.
Those who wish to live in Muslim countries have to
abide by the rulings of that country and avoid any action
that could be construed as disrespect to Allah's word or to
Those who live in non-Muslim lands and are truly
civilized can demonstrate their respect for their Muslim
friends and colleagues and countrymen by abiding by the
etiquette espoused in the Quran.
Allah knows best.
December 22-24, 2007
SADDAM HUSSEIN'S GREATEST LEGACY: DECEMBER 2003 TO
DECEMBER 2006 (PART ONE OF THREE)
by Jeff Archer author of "The Mother of All Battles: The
U.S. Destruction of the Nation of Iraq" to be published
Saddam Hussein was Iraq's leader from 1973 (officially
becoming Iraq's president in 1979) to April 2003. His legacy
is two-fold. On the one hand, he and the Ba'ath Party were
the impetus behind turning Iraq from an Arab nation
indistinguishable from its Arab neighbors to the most
advanced Arab country in history. From 1973 to 1990, the
literacy rate in Iraq rose from 35% to over 90%. Thousands
of miles of roads were built and the country was completely
electrified. Excellent universal health care, as well as
education from primary school to university, was offered
free-of-charge. Foreign scholars and writers were invited to
visit Iraq and write about the country, as well as the Arab
world. The Iraqi government gave them housing and paid their
salaries so they could gain and disseminate information. In
1987, the New York Times called Baghdad "The Paris of the
On the other hand, after the U.S. attack on Iraq in 1991 that
destroyed much of the country, and a 12-year devastating
embargo, Saddam Hussein's critics blamed him for the demise
of the country that once was the jewel of the Arab world: the
country his leadership produced.
Saddam Hussein's 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.
This is not a history of his regime, but a view of him and
his steadfastness after April 9, 2003, the date to which many
people refer to as "The Fall of Baghdad."
On April 9, 2003, Saddam Hussein made his last public
appearance. He was surrounded by tens of thousands of
supporters in Baghdad who raised him up to the roof of his
car so he could wave to them all. Then, the car sped away.
Speculation was rampant for the next few months. Was Saddam
alive or dead? Was he involved with the quickly-growing
resistance? Nobody seemed to know.
Then, in December 2003, we all saw the photos of a disheveled
Saddam Hussein after he was pulled out of a "spider hole" in
a town near Tikrit. The administration laughed and the U.S.
made public jokes about him and his hiding place.
The room was dirty. There was an empty can of Spam. The story
was that he was holed up there and was totally irrelevant to
Iraq. His day was done and he was now in the hands of Iraq's
liberators. What you saw wasn't real. Nothing of this
scenario was true.
On March 8, 2005, United Press International (UPI) ran a
short press release titled "Public Version of Saddam Capture
Fiction." It received little publicity in the U.S., but some
foreign news agencies did run the story. I researched and
found only one U.S. news outlet that carried the article:
WHAM Channel 13 of Rochester, New York.
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
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."
How did we come to see the pictures of the hole and a
scruffy-looking Saddam Hussein? According to Rabeh, "Later
on, a military production team fabricated the film of
Saddam's capture in a hole, which was in fact a
The former Marine's account mixes with the rendition Saddam
Hussein gave his lawyer when they had their first meeting.
Saddam told him that he was captured in a friend's house and
that he was drugged and tortured for two days, hence the
pictures of Saddam looking bedraggled.
All the major news networks and publications showed pictures
of the hole and a beleaguered Saddam: Time Magazine, CNN
News, magazines, daily newspapers, etc. You name it and they
published it. But, they were all wrong. Not one publication
took the time to research the story. They ran the pictures
supplied by the U.S. military and parroted the lines they
This was not the first time something similar has occurred.
After the 1989 invasion of Panama, the U.S. allowed the press
to enter Manuel Noriega's office. He was portrayed as a
sexual pervert. In the office were pictures of young boys,
a picture of Hitler, red underpants and
A few months later, the first Marine to enter Noriega's
office was released from the Corps. He eventually talked to
a reporter and gave his story of the encounter. He maintained
that the contents of the office included only a desk, a
telephone, a chair, and a typewriter.
With Saddam, the props were changed. They were made to make
Saddam look like a caged animal on the run who only had the
basic elements to survive. No one asked questions of what
should have been obvious. For instance, how did Saddam
Hussein come into possession of a can of Spam? There was
absolutely no place in Iraq where Spam was sold. In addition,
it contains pork, a food forbidden from a Moslem's diet.
A few months after his capture, a picture was widely
distributed that gained much publicity. It showed a bunch of
U.S. soldiers standing next to an Iraqi building on which a
painted illustration depicted the blowing up of the World
Trade Center. The inference was that Iraqis took glee in the
acts of the destruction of the World Trade Center
If one looked close, it was evident that the soldiers were
standing on the base path of a disused baseball field. There
were no baseball fields in Iraq. Upon closer scrutinizing,
the trees were typical southeastern U.S. types that are not
indigenous to Iraq.
The photo was bogus. It was filmed in the U.S., but, the harm
had been done. Many news agencies had distributed the
picture. Its contents inflamed U.S. citizens even more about
the Iraqi people.
When Saddam was captured, U.S. authorities said he was a
spent force and he had no say in the ever-growing resistance.
This was another propaganda exercise because subsequent
information shows he was heading the resistance and called
many shots. For instance, on Paul Wolfowitz' first visit to
Baghdad, he stayed at the Hotel al-Rashid. A rocket fired at
the building killed a U.S. colonel on the floor just above
that of Wolfowitz, who was visibly shaken by the incident.
Saddam Hussein personally ordered that strike.
Many Iraqis challenged the scenario of Saddam's capture. The
U.S. administration thought that by humiliating him, the
Iraqi public would discount his presence. Just the opposite
occurred. On the evening of the announcement of Saddam's
capture, pro-Saddam Hussein rallies sprung up. His
supporters, who, instead of looking at him as a humiliated
ex-leader, showed their admiration for him because they knew
the U.S. story of his capture was fabricated. Students in
schools brought pictures of Saddam to class. In one instance,
U.S. military personnel surrounded a Baghdad school and
apprehended a few dozen 14-year-old students, whom they
tortured for a few hours.
The image of a cowardly Saddam giving up without a fight did
not set well with Iraqis. A retired colonel in the Iraqi
army sent me the following responses to the capture:
Saddam's inside wear was very clean, which gives the
impression he was not in a hole.
At the time they said the captured him, no dates were
available, but the trees they showed in the films had fresh
dates on the palm trees and this was not possible.
My house is in the Adhamiya and I can say that I saw Saddam
after they announced the fall of Baghdad. I saw him myself.
He was standing on the bonnet of a car. He was giving smiles
to the people around him who were encouraging him by their
loyalty, which they always had.
As I know, Saddam was on top of the battle at the airport.
What I heard was that he was on top of many assaults against
Iraq Screen published an article shortly before Saddam
Hussein's 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
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."
From various sources, we now have a totally different story
from the one force-fed to us by the U.S. administration.
Instead of Saddam Hussein being a coward who fled and was
caught in a hole in the ground, he was now the president,
who, under siege, met publicly with his people on April 9,
2003 (video of this was shown on U.S. television) after
personally being involved with several battles against the
invaders, and who created a network of resistance while tens
of thousands of U.S. military people were looking for him.
Shortly before his hanging, Saddam spoke of his days on the
run with his lawyers. For nine months, he openly conducted
the resistance, many times right under the noses of his
would-be captors. He told of swimming in the Tigris River or
using a small boat if he needed to maneuver in the area.
One thing is sure. Most 66-year-old men would be
contemplating retirement. But, Saddam Hussein lived off his
wits, the land, and with comrades for nine months, all the
time coordinating a resistance against illegal invaders of
his country. Most men half his age would not be able to
withstand the physical challenges of such a routine.
Unfortunately, the U.S. government is in possession of all
of Iraq's records prior to April 2003. Not one word will be
mentioned that will contradict the U.S. rewriting of Iraq's
history. At best, we will have to rely on anecdotal accounts
and eye witnesses. It is neither the best nor the most
accurate form of history, but it's all we have now.
On November 5, 2006, Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death
by hanging. The verdict came after what could possibly be
called the worst travesty of justice ever seen in a
courtroom. It is hard to conceive how a man of his age
endured more than a lifetime of hardship, torture and
personal bereavement in just three-and-a –half years without
losing his mental faculties or selling out to
In July 2003, Saddam Hussein saw photos of his two dead sons
on television. Their bodies were ridden with bullet holes.
His 14-year-old grandson was killed along with his sons in an
hours-long attack on a house by hundreds of U.S. military
personnel in Mosul, northern Iraq.
For his first few months in captivity, he was not allowed to
see a lawyer. In that time, he was tortured and questioned.
He also was offered deals by the U.S. that would have
obtained him a "get out of jail free" pass if he cooperated
and gave the captors information about the resistance. He
Saddam Hussein was not allowed to see his family. Most of his
correspondence to them was either not delivered, or highly
censored. By now, most human beings would be willing to say
anything their kidnappers desired.
In 2004, Frank Morrow, producer of one of the finest
political shows ever seen on U.S. TV screens, Alternative
Views, was asked about Saddam's plight in comparison to that
of another president kidnapped by the U.S., Manuel Noriega.
Morrow discussed how Noriega collapsed in a few days of U.S.
incarceration and spilled his guts. Morrow then stated,
"Saddam is made of sterner stuff."
On his first day in court, Saddam was a few minutes late.
The judge asked him why he was not on time and Saddam told
him that the elevators of the building were not working. The
judge then said he would ask the Americans to try to fix the
faulty lifts. Saddam looked the judge in the eye and said,
"Don't ask them. You tell them. You are an Iraqi." The judge
was silent. The accused gave him a lesson in citizenship.
This was Saddam Hussein's first court appearance and it was
televised. The U.S.-appointed collaborators thought by
televising the trial, he would be held in humiliation by the
Iraqi public. The ploy backfired. Saddam's chastising of the
judge intrigued the viewers. In future sessions, the sound of
the broadcasts were cut if the judge did not want the public
to hear what Saddam had to say. The first judge must be given
credit for fairness. It appeared that he was giving both
sides time to present their cases. Then, he resigned. He
publicly stated that the Iraqi government had pressured him
and given him instructions not to be impartial with Saddam.
The next judge was a travesty and he made it be known from
his first day that there would not be an honest trial for
We have read page-after-page of the illegality of Saddam's
trial in various media. The anomalies are for too many to
address here. However, with each preposterous turn, Saddam
kept his ground and never capitulated to the court.
For months, every conceivable scenario emerged: Saddam was
dragged out of court; his lawyers were kicked out of court;
defense witnesses were tortured by the court; the judge
destroyed a videotape that clearly showed the head prosecutor
was lying; and Saddam and a few of his comrades went on
Still, he showed up in court with the wit and physical
appearance of a man decades younger. All the atrocities
committed against him never made him appear to be desperate
and he never showed signs of caving in.
Several times, Saddam was approached by U.S. officials to
make a deal. The Iraqi resistance had grown to a formidable
foe that was on the verge of forcing a U.S. withdrawal from
Iraq and the U.S. knew that Saddam still held enough power to
persuade a major portion of the resistance to lay down its
weapons. Instead of accepting an offer for his freedom on
some small island in the Pacific, Saddam retained his
dignity. Other Ba'ath Party members who were imprisoned were
given chances to be freed and made wealthy if they testified
against Saddam. They all refused to sell out.
When the verdict of death for Saddam was announced on
November 5, 2006, many groups, individuals and governments
were outraged. They tried to get the U.N. to intervene, but
to no avail.
Many quotes came forth from foe and friend of Saddam. The
most preposterous came from Nouri al-Maliki, the so-called
Iraqi prime minister:
This ruler has committed the most horrible crimes. He
executed the best scientists, academics and thinkers.
That statement was outrageous, but many people who read it
will believe it. For the preceding year, hundreds, if not
thousands, of professors, scientists and doctors were killed
in Iraq by agents of the Maliki government. During Saddam's
time, these professionals flourished and were the pride of
Iraq. Maliki added them to the long list of fictitious
victims of Saddam Hussein's rule.
The announcement of the verdict backfired. The U.S. thought
it would further erode Saddam's importance to the Iraqi
public, but just the opposite occurred. The website
www.al-moharer.net posted this message shortly after
We learned that demonstrators are all over Iraq in protest of
the sentence. In Baghdad, American soldiers are busy painting
over the slogans that people wrote on the walls and
The U.S. media failed to show photos of these incidents, yet
the international press displayed many. Within a few more
hours, the demonstrations escalated and U.S. vehicles were
targeted by the crowds.
The only hope that Saddam Hussein had to stop his date with
the gallows was an appeal from his defense team to an appeals
court. The defense had a time limit in which to file the
appeal, yet the court that tried Saddam did not give his
defense the necessary information to file the appeal. Weeks
went by without the court even giving the defense team a
summary of the charges. When Saddam's team received the
necessary information, it only had a few days to file an
appeal. The defenders had to create an appeal in a few days
that normally would take a month or two to construct. Every
obstacle was put in place to keep justice from seeing even a
ray of daylight.
The appeals court took two days to read 1,500 pages of
documents presented by the defense and then issued a denial
for the appeal on December 26, 2006.. No court in the world
can decipher this number of pages in such a short time, not
even a legitimate court.
Despite there being no time limit for the appeals court to
reach a decision, it made one in two days. The next step was
to affix a date for the execution. It had to be within 30
days of the announcement of December 26th.
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