This email was forwarded to my mother by fax, who since forwarded it onto me in paper form. Besides I don’t want to publish the email address, so
you’ll have to take this purely on a trust basis…
Mikhail Yuhanna Tariq Aziz was Iraq’s Foreign Minister and most senior Christian figure in Iraq’s (then) multi-cultural, and multi-religious
government (under Saddam Hussein).
An great English speaker, he often briefed our foreign media…
Tariq never lied, especially when he repeatedly said to all the world “Iraq has no Weapons of Mass destruction” or when he stated Iraq had no
intentions to threaten Western interests at all. In fact: (unlike our governments) I’d be surprised if he lied at all –yet he’s the one
suffering indefinitely in prison…
From Ziad Tariq Aziz
“It has been ten years since my father had been taken into custody by the American forces, it also the anniversary of the assassination attempt he
survived in 1980. This attempt on his life, which led to the death of innocent civilian bystanders, was planned and executed by the same people who
are ruling Iraq today, and who are planning to execute him again, slowly and this time with nobody to see.
On the most recent visit to prison he is being in Baghdad, my mother and sisters found out that he had suffered his fourth stroke since 2003, he fell
on the floor in the middle of the night and was left in his cell the whole time till morning. He has not been visited by a doctor, nor was he taken to
hospital, nor was he offered any kind of medical attention since the stroke. Was it not for cell mate who tried to take care of him to the best of his
ability, and for the grace of God, I can not think what might have happened to him.
His ability to speak coherently is basically diminished, my mother and sisters can barely make out what he was saying to them. There were also
inflammations and diabetic ulcers on his feet and legs, which could lead to gangrene and, if no immediate treatment and care were to be provided,
He never had these ulcers before, and he is only having them now because of the neglect he has been treated with.
As I said above, the same people who tried to assassinate him in 1980 are trying to assassinate him now. They claim to be the beacon of human rights,
and democracy for the region, but they lack any compassion or humanity whatsoever. They have a specific agenda, they are not interested in justice,
they only want revenge.
My family and I urge you to inform the international community and world press through your channels, of my fathers situation. My father’s situation
is deteriorating by the day and I am truly afraid of what the future might hold if he is not provided with the proper care and treatment he
desperately needs immediately.
I thank you in advance for any help you can provide, I trust you will try your best.
I thank you for lending a sympathetic ear, and warm heart.
I wish you a happy Easter, and I pray that god bless you and yours.
Ziad Tariq Aziz”
For me, the problem with this email is that Aziz is right that Iraq’s current leaders lack any humanity or compassion whatsoever. As such Iraq will
never be a successful to democracy, because in order to have democracy you must at least start with if not a decent number of human beings, then at
least a decent number of human beings who possess some very basic values.
By locking up an old man who possess a threat to no one, reveals something lacking in one area, that also seems to be lacking in all others.
If only we had kept Saddam…
1. Far less people would be dying in Iraq every week
2. It’s economy would be booming (like 1991, and it’s people would enjoy gender rights as they did till 2003).
3. We would not have to be so paranoid of Iran.
Saddam’s rule may have been far from perfect but it was (in comparison to the present) the lesser of two evils. One reason why the current
government can’t get a grips with religious extremists s because it actually sides with some! One reason why it can’t build anything is because
it’s infinitely more corrupt than Saddam –who actually did things to please everybody like subsidise food, water & education.
Whatever the case if the Iraqi government could share compassion towards it’s enemy’s, maybe peace would not be as distant as it currently is?
Just my two cents.