Saddam Hussein gave his first media interview in 12 years and he sounds surprisingly lucid.
He admits that he is buying time so that the useful idiots in the “American Street” can erode support for an attack that might topple his fascist military dictatorship.
He also makes it clear what he thinks the US is after: a reliable sources of petroleum, security for Israel, and a moderate, democratic Iraq that would stand as stark contrast to the authoritarian regimes of the Middle East and an inspiration to opponents.
Nassar: "Mr. President, do you think that time is working in your favor, or against you?"
Saddam: "No doubt, time is working for us. We have to buy some more time, and the American-British coalition will disintegrate because of internal reasons and because of the pressure of public opinion in the American and British street. Nations know the truth and are more capable of understanding than the leaders who are preoccupied with the Zionist conspiracies that are hatched by the media, conspiracies that blind those leaders."
Nassar: "Mr. President, let's go back to where we started: What exactly does the U.S. want from Iraq?"
Saddam: "It wants an Iraq that accepts the American political and geographical hegemony over Arab resources. It also wants an Iraq that acknowledges the Zionist existence and its control over Palestine. Furthermore, it wants an Iraq free of the pan-Arab ideology, an Iraq that would agree to destroying the Arab League and establishing a Middle-East organization. It wants a non-Arab Iraq [divided] into separate nations."
Sounds to me like a pretty strong well-reasoned case for a pre-emptive strike.
Gee, I hope Senator Byrd reads the Egyptian weekly, Al-Usbou’, were the interview was published.
Actually, he may well have . . . if it was printed in hieroglyphics.