Sunday, January 07, 2007

Who created the tyrant Saddam Hussein?

The following are a chronology of titled “Life and times of Saddam Hussein” as written by New Sunday Times of Malaysia on December 31,2006. The Times is one of the three main news papers of Malaysia.

April 25, 1937 Born to an impoverished farming family in Awja, Sunni Arab Village near Tikrit. Father abandons family before his birth.

1947: Flees from Abusive stepfather to live with uncle.

July 1952 Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser becomes political inspiration to young Saddam after toppling his country’s British-installed King Faruk 1

July 1957 Saddam joins uprising against British-backed King Faisal 11 of Iraq becomes militant in pan-Arab secular Baath Party

1958 Iraq’s monarchy overthrown in cop led by Brig Abdul-Karim Qasim and Col Abdul-al-Salam Muhammad Arif. Royal family murdered in orgy of bloodshed. Rise of Communist-backed Qasim threatens Western oil interests and the country’s role in Cold War with Soviet Union.

1959 Saddam wounded when US backed attempt to assassinated Qasim fails. Saddam lees to Syria, Lebanon and finally Egypt with the help of the US CIA

1962 Marries his cousin Sajida, while in exile, enrolls in Cairo law school- all expenses paid by the US

February 1963 Qasim killed in CIA-sponsored coup by Baath Party. Saddam – now head of al-Jihaz al-Khas, secret intelligence apparatus of Baath Party –presides over mass executions of suspected communists. Arif becomes president until his elder brother succeeds him in 1966

1964 Baath Party collapses, Saddam detained until his escape in 1967. While in prison Saddam is elected as deputy secretary-general of Baath Party.

July 1968: Leads revolt that restores Baath to power. Saadam becomes power behind president Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr.

July 16, 1979 Saddam pushed Bakr aside to become head of state. Appoints many close family members to power.

September 22 1980 Iraqi troops invade Iran, where Islamic revolution has toppled US-backed Shah. Saddam boasts he will be in Teheran within three days, resulting a war that lasts eight years which killed millions of people.

1982 US government removes Iraq from list of alleged sponsors of terrorism, enabling Saddam to buy American helicopters. Iraq rapidly becomes world’s largest retail purchaser of arms with US supplying up to US1.5 billion worth of weapons by 1990.

1983-84 President Ronald Reagan twice sends his Middle East envoy Donald Rumsfeld, to Baghdad. US Administration says defeat of Iraq in “contrary to US interests”. During second visit, UN report that Saddam is using mustard gas and Tabun nerve agent against the Iranian soldiers.

March 16 1988 Saddam’s forces accuse of killing some 5,000 people in Kurdish town of Jalabja by poison gas.

August 20 1988 US-sponsored ceasefire agreed. Iraq left with war debts of US$30 billion to its Arab backers of Iran invasion, including US$14 billion loaned by Kuwait.

August 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait over long-standing territorial dispute. Saddam accuses Kuwait of keeping oil prices low and violating Iraqi boarder to pump oil from disputed Rumaila oil field. US Security Council imposes sanctions on Baghdad.

Feb 1991 US-led international alliance drives Saddam’s army out of

March 1991 Saddam uses his Republican Guard to ruthlessly crush rebellion by Shias in southern Iraq and Kurds in north. US first encourage the both rebellion but fails to send support. Tens of thousands of civilians are killed.

April: Iraq accepts terms of UN Security Council resolution 687 which demands dismantling of WMD and payment of war reparations. Disputes over compliance lead to successive crises and keep sanctions in place for years.

1997 CIA reports that Iraqi armies have shrunk by half since 1991.

Jan 30, 2002 President George W. Bush brands Iraq, along with Iran, and North Korea, part of an “axis of evil” armed with WMD and supporting terrorism.

March 20, 2003 US and Britain invades Iraq, claiming Saddam has failed to comply with UN demands to get rid of WMD. No evidence is later found of such weapons.

April 9 US forces sweep into Baghdad to ecstatic welcome. Saddam’s 24 year rule crumbles into chaos.

July 22 Saddam’s two sons Uday and Qusay, killed by US forces in Mosul.

December 14 Saddam captured in hiding hole near Tikrit

July 2004 Former president (Saddam) told he faces seven charges.
October 19, 2005 Saddam goes on trial, charges with crimes against humanity for killing of 148 Shia men after 1982 assassination attempt against him in town of Dujail. Pleads not guilty.

November 5, 2006 Found guilty in Dujail trail. Sentenced to death by hanging.

December 3 Lawyers lodge appeal against death sentence

December 27 Appeal fails. Saddam hanged December 30th.

You will never see this in our US mainstream media because the answer is obvious. Why was this tyrant not tried at the world court in the Hague, Holland? The answer is obvious - Why do they hate us (now pretty much everyone, except the Israelis), the answer is obvious. Was it worth putting thousands of our brave men and women to death to over throw the tyrant that we created? The answer is obvious. Will we win this war? The answer is obvious. Will our “democratically elected” US tyrant and other un-elected tyrants in the Middle East and elsewhere “enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? The answer is obvious.

The Beach boy – from Malaysia


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