Saddam Hussein, the son of a peasant, is also nicknamed Iraq’s Adolf Hitler. He was the fifth President of Iraq and served as head of state from 16th July 1979 to 9th April 2003. He was also a primary member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party and later, the Baghdad-based Ba’ath Party and its local body, the Iraqi Ba’ath Party which promoted Ba’athism.
The international community, especially the U.S., considered Saddam ‘a bellicose tyrant who was a threat to the stability of the region’. In 2003, an alliance led by the U.S., invaded Iraq to depose Saddam. The U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair accused him of ‘possessing weapons of mass destruction and having ties to al-Qaeda’.
Not too long after that, Saddam’s Ba’ath party was split up and elections were held. He was then captured on 13 December 2003 and later charged and convicted of crimes against humanity related to the 1982 killing of 148 Iraqi Shi’ites under the Iraqi Interim Government. He was then sentenced to death by hanging and was finally executed on the 30th Dec. 2006.
Now that you’ve got a little of the backstory of who Saddam Hussein was and his life’s story, perhaps you’ll appreciate the following quotes even more. Read on.
#1. Women make up one half of society. Our society will remain backward and in chains unless its women are liberated, enlightened and educated.
#2. We are ready to sacrifice our souls, our children and our families so as not to give up Iraq. We say this so no one will think that America is capable of breaking the will of the Iraqis with its weapons.
#3. You know me… If you are Iraqi, you know me.
#4. Allah is on our side. That is why we will beat the aggressor.
#5. Baghdad is determined to force the Mongols of our age to commit suicide at its gates.
#6. I am not going to answer to this so-called court, out of respect for the truth and the will of the Iraqi people. I’ve said what I’ve said, and I’m not guilty.
#7. Politics is when you say you are going to do one thing while intending to do another. Then you do neither what you said nor what you intended.
#8. Our sovereignty may be dependent on our ability to eavesdrop on transmissions between our enemies on the outside and those on the inside with sympathies for them. I trust my ability to determine who to mark for examination and so will you.
#9. We are not intimidated by the size of the armies, or the type of hardware the US has brought.
#10. Who are you and what are you?… I need to know.
And by the way, if you follow the news recently, you will discover that the U.S lied about Saddam being in possession of any type of weapons. That unnecessary, brutal and insincere invasion into Iraq is one of the most important, if not the major cause of instability in the Middle East, which has given rise to of extremism and terrorism today. Yet, they blame Islam!