posted on Mar, 30 2008 @ 01:55 AM
I smiled bitterly and told him: as regards your claim that you didn’t have confirmation of our statements, it seems that your officials lie and
imagine that officials in countries around the world do not tell the truth, or that many of those who have relations with you in fact do not tell you
the truth, neither when they oppose your policies nor when they agree with them. This is a dangerous matter, not only for the countries of the world
but because they then pose a danger for America as well, if nobody in the world will tell America: 'this is a mistake’ and 'this is
unacceptable’! And at that time when American planes were striking targets in Iraq and destroying public and private property, killing Iraqi
citizens including women and children for no reason and imposing on Iraq their unjust embargo, prohibiting Iraq from importing even pencils for
children to use in primary schools, what exactly is it that should obligate Saddam Hussein to send a telegram of condolences to the president of the
state whose officials have committed all those crimes, unless it be out of hypocrisy and weakness? But because I am neither a hypocrite nor a weakling
I didn’t send Bush a telegram of condolence. But I did agree on the telegram sent containing condolences in the name of the government of Iraq and
sent by Comrade Tariq Aziz, the Deputy Prime Minister, to our friend Ramsey Clark and through him to the stricken families.
Are the great states so deluded as to imagine that whoever does not send a letter of condolence deserves that war should be waged against him, his
country, and his people!? Here you see how the American officials used even your own blood to promote their reckless, aggressive policy. Is this the
kind of morality that people should have? Or men? Or officials? There is nothing graver than for disasters to ravage people who have been stricken by
delusions, committed wrongs, and wantonly despised the roles of others. The worst disease of the American officials who involved the Americans in war
against Iraq is this.
3. After I was arrested they made vain attempts to use intimidation and threats against me. One of their generals conveyed that intimidation and host
threats and tried to bargain with me, promising to let me live if I agreed to read in my own voice and sign a prepared announcement that was shown to
me. That stupid announcement called on the people of Iraq and the courageous Resistance to lay down arms. They said that if I refused, my fate would
be that I would be shot just like Mussolini, as my interlocutor put it. But, as you know me and would expect of me, I disdainfully refused, not even
touching that dirty document with my hand and sullying myself with it. I told them if I were given the chance to address my people, I would call them
to more resistance.
Seven days later, to reinforce themselves, they sent a group to talk with me. They said they were from an American University and that they wanted to
engage me in a broad discussion. I agreed and I confirmed to them that Iraq didn’t have any of the things the American officials claimed and I
advised them [the US] to leave Iraq quickly and apologize to the people, warning them that they were going to get what they now are facing and what
they are now embroiled in – in fact, the fate I expect for them is worse than what they are facing now – and they will never have an adequate
chance to pull their arms and equipment out of Iraq if the two halves of Iraq engulf them, and they will engulf them, God willing, because our people
are deeply rooted and conscious. They know that our liberation can be clean and complete only with their unity, and that tolerance must be the basis
for the orientations of our people within their ranks, and that wounds must be bound up, not ripped open.