In Gulf War Anniversary Speech, Saddam Hussein Defiantly Vows Any Invasion of Iraq Will Fail
BAGHDAD, Iraq Jan. 17 ó
President Saddam Hussein, in a speech marking the 12th anniversary of the Gulf War, vowed Friday to defeat his enemies and said any attempt to conquer
his nation will fail.
Saddam Hussein said Baghdad had defended itself with determination 12 years ago, defeating the "evil troops" of dozens of countries.
America had failed to conquer Iraq last time, he said, and had proved itself incapable of learning from past mistakes.
"Baghdad, its people and leadership, is determined to force the Mongols of our age to commit suicide at its gates," the Iraqi leader said, referring
to the Mongol armies who sacked the Iraqi capital in 1258.
"Everyone who tries to climb over its walls ... will fail in his attempt," Saddam said.
He called on the Iraqi people to "let your guns wait in ambush for him" a reference to the United States.
"Hold fast to your banner, the banner of God the greatest," Saddam said.
"The people of Baghdad have resolved to compel the Mongols of this age to commit suicide on its walls," Saddam said in an apparent reference to the
He said "Western peoples and circles" have for years sought to interfere with events in the Middle East "in particular Zionist Jews and Zionists
who are not of the Jewish people."
He called on the Iraqi people to ìlet your guns wait in ambush for himî - a reference to the United States.
He said America failed to conquer Iraq in the Gulf conflict and "proved itself to be incapable" of learning from its past mistakes.
Referring to the massive U.S.-British buildup in the Persian Gulf, Saddam said "our enemy has mustered a great force against you" but added "have
no fear of them."
He said Iraq's army, people and leadership were "fully mobilized" to fight U.S. aggression and that any attackers will "be defeated at the gates
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