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Saddam May Be The Solution To Iraqi Dilemma


By James Donahue

March 15, 2006


Deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein cleverly utilized the television cameras in his highly publicized trial as a “war criminal” Wednesday to call on the Iraqi people to stop fighting among themselves.


Instead of giving him the opportunity to speak to the people and perhaps use whatever influence Saddam still has over the people, the chief judge in the case, Raoul Abdel-Rahman, interrupted him and demanded that he stop making political speeches in his court.


When Saddam refused to stop, the judge had the television cameras turned off and ordered reporters out of the court.


Judge Raoul Abdel-Rahman is, by the very fact that he is an Iraqi and a Kurd, is caught up in the midst of the civil conflict now raging in his country. Saddam’s alleged mistreatment of the Kurds during his years in power may have had a lot to do with how this judge reacted to the former dictator’s actions on Wednesday.


Yet if the truth were known, Saddam was the very medicine that Iraq desperately needs in these chaotic days. Many analysts are beginning to say that it will take a person with an iron fist just like Saddam to rule Iraq once more if that country ever hopes to see peace within its borders.


There is actually thoughts that perhaps Psychic Aaron C. Donahue’s proposal, to apologize to Saddam and then give him back his authority as President of Iraq, would be the only solution to what has been done since American and British forces invaded that country.


While it is true that Saddam was a dictator who ruled with a harsh fist, and destroyed his political enemies by assassination and executions, Iraq as a whole was a relatively happy place. The people were provided public utilities, schools, and businesses, and it was said that as long as people stayed out of politics, their lives were good. Jack booted police never came to their door.


It now appears that it took someone like Saddam to keep the three powerful religious factions in Iraq from becoming entangled in civil war. The Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds all hate one another and they appear to have old scores to settle. As long as Saddam ruled, they never dared go for each other’s throats.


With Saddam out of power, and the American military caught up in the chaos of fighting insurgents, many of them coming from surrounding Arab nations, the gloves appear to be off among the Shiites and Sunnis. They are busy killing each other and launching what threatens to be an all-out civil war, even while American forces are still on the ground.


Can the frantic effort to elect and seat a democratic alliance of the three factions save the day? It does not appear that such a government can be formed and rooted fast enough to head off the bloodshed.


That judge might have done well to have let Saddam speak on Wednesday. He gave the appearance of leadership and strength, something that no single person has shown in Iraq since Saddam was removed from office over two years ago.


Dressed in a black suit, Saddam stood before the chief judge and said: “Let the Iraqi people unite and resist the invaders and their backers. Don’t fight among yourselves,” he said. “In my eyes, you are the resistance to the American invasion.”


The exchange between Saddam and the judge was powerful.


Abdel-Rahman interrupted Saddam, saying he was not allowed to give political speeches in the court.


“I am the head of state,” answered Saddam.


“You are being tried in a criminal case. Stop your political speech,” the judge ordered.


“Had it not been for politics I wouldn’t be here,” Saddam said.


Before the cameras were turned off, Saddam said: “What happened in the last days is bad. You will live in darkness and rivers of blood for no reason.”


We have to wonder what else he might have said if given the opportunity.


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