Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's Letter to the American People, Western People and Their Governments
Letter Published by the Iraqi News Agency: http://www.uruklink.net/iraqnews/eindex.htm
"In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most merciful"
Once again, we would like to comment on what happened in America on September 11, 2001, and its consequences. The
comments we made on the next day of the event represent the essence of our position regarding this event and other
events, but the aftermath of what happened in America, in the West in particular and in the world in general, makes it
important for every leader to understand the meaning of responsibility toward his people, his nation and humanity in
general to follow up the development of the situation, to understand the meaning of what is going on and hence to
elaborate his country's and people's position so as not to restrict oneself to only following the event.
When the event took place Arab rulers and the rulers of countries whose religion of their people is Islam, rushed to
condemn the event. The Westerners rushed within hours to make statements and adopt resolutions, some of which are
dangerous ones, in solidarity with America and against terrorism.
Even before being sure, Western governments decided to join their forces to America even if that meant declaring war on
the party that will be proved to have been involved in what happened.
It is only normal to say that by the explanation of the present situation, as it has been said or by comparison to the
action previously taken by America against specific countries, it could be enough for some of the executors of the
operation to have come from a country named by America or said to have instigated the operation, for the American
military retaliation on what they call an aggression. We don't know if they would do the same thing whether any of the
planners and executors of the operation were found, to have lived or held the nationality of a Western country or
whether the intention and the designs are already made against an Islamic party.
It is most probable from the beating of media war drums that America and some Western governments are targeting a party
who won't be but Muslim.
The event that took place in America is an extraordinary event. It is not a simple one. According to figures announced
by official American sources or by what has been spread by the media, the number of victims is great. Nobody has any
doubts, or denies that America and the West have the capabilities to mobilize force and use it, to inflict destruction
on others on the basis of simple doubts or even whimsically, and can send their American missiles and the NATO fighters
to where ever they want to destroy and harm whoever America decides to harm in a fit of anger, by greed, or by being
pushed by Zionism.
Many countries of the world have suffered from America's technological might, and many peoples do recognize that America
had killed thousands or even millions of human beings in their countries.
The event that took place in America was an extraordinary one. It is not a simple event.
It is the first time that someone crosses to America to unleash the fire of his anger inside it, as indicated by what
was said by the media, on the hypothesis that the executors of this act came from abroad.
Since this event is unprecedented, is it wise to deal with it by precedent methods that can be used by whoever has the
technical and scientific capacities of America and the West?
If the target and the aim is one or more Islamic countries, as it has been said by the media and the intelligence
services of some Western countries, this would only fall in the same direction that America and the West have always
taken by targeting their fire on wherever they want to experiment a new weapon on.
We ask again: America's targeting the fire of its weapons on specific targets, and harming it or destroying it with the
support of Western governments and of a fabricated story -- would it solve the problem? Would this bring security to
America and the world? Or Isn't the use by America and some Western governments of their fire against others in the
world including, or in the forefront of whom the Arabs and the Muslims, is one of the most important reasons of the lack
of stability in the world at the present time?
Isn't the evil inflicted on America in the act of September 11, 2001, and nothing else is a result of this and other
acts? This is the main question and this is what the American administration along with the Western governments or the
Western public opinion should answer in the first place with serenity and responsibility, without emotional reaction and
without the use of the same old methods that America used against the world.
On September 12, 2001, we said that no one crossed the Atlantic to America carrying weapons before this event, except
the Westerners who established the United States of America. America is the one who crossed the Atlantic carrying arms
of destruction and death against the world. Here we want to ask a question: Wasn't the use of American weapons,
including the nuclear weapons against Japan, enough before September 11, 2001, for America to prepare to use it in a
heavier and a stronger way? Or isn't using it in an irresponsible way, and without justification as does any oppressive
force in the world, is what made America the most hated country in the world, starting from the Third World, to the
Medium World and passing to the Civilized World, as is the world divided by the West and America?
The national security of America and the security of the world could be attained if the American leaders and those who
beat the drums for them among the rulers of the present time in the West or outside the West become rational -- if
America disengages itself from its evil alliance with Zionism, which has been scheming to exploit the world and plunge
it in blood and darkness, by using America and some Western countries.
What the American peoples need mostly is someone who tells them the truth, courageously and honestly as it is. They
don't need fanfares and cheerleaders, if they want to take a lesson from the event so as to reach a real awakening, in
spite of the enormity of the event that hit America. But the world, including the rulers of America, should say all this
to the American peoples, so as to have the courage to tell the truth and act according to what is right and not what is
wrong and unjust, to undertake their responsibilities in fairness and justice, and by recourse to reason, passion,
according to the spirit of chance and capability.
In addition, we say to the American peoples, what happened on September 11, 2001 should be compared to what their
government and their armies are doing in the world, for example, the international agencies have stated that more than
one and a half million Iraqis have died because of the blockade imposed by America and some Western countries, in
addition to the tens of thousands who died or are injured in the military actions perpetrated by America along with
those who allied with it against Iraq. Hundreds of bridges, churches, mosques, colleges, schools, factories, palaces,
hotels and thousands of private houses were destroyed or damaged by the American and Western bombardment, which is
ongoing even today against Iraq. If you replay the images of the footage taken by the Western media itself of this
destruction, you will see that they are not different from the images of the two buildings hit by the Boeing airplanes,
if not more atrocious, especially when they are mixed with the remains of men, women and children. There is, however,
one difference, namely that those who direct their missiles and bombs to the targets, whether Americans or from another
Western country, are mostly targeting by remote controls, that is why they do so as if they were playing an amusing
game. As for those who acted on September 11, 2001, they did it from a close range, and with, I imagine, giving their
lives willingly, with an irrevocable determination.
For this reason also, the Americans, and the world with them, should understand the argument that made those people give
their lives in sacrifice, and what they sacrificed themselves for, in that way.
When one and a half million Iraqi human beings die, according to Western documents, from a population of twenty five
million, because of the American blockade and aggression, it means that Iraq has lost about one of twenty five of its
population. And just as your beautiful skyscrapers were destroyed and caused your grief, beautiful buildings and
precious homes crumbled over their owners in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq by American weapons used by the Zionists. In
only one place, which was a civilian shelter, which is the Ameriyah Shelter, more than four hundred human beings,
children, young and old men and women, died in Iraq by American bombs.
On the same day, the 11th of September, one of their aggressive military airplanes was shot down over Iraq.
As for what is going on in Palestine, if Zionist let you see on your TVs the bodies of children, women and men who are
daily killed by American weapons, and with American backing to the Zionist entity, the pain you are feeling would be
Americans should feel the pain they have inflicted on other peoples of the world, so as when they suffer, they will find
the right solution and the right path.
All that has been inflicted on the Arabs and Muslims by America and the West, didn't push Muslims to become racists and
harass the Westerners who walk in the streets of Baghdad, Damascus, Tunis, Cairo and other Arab capitals, even when the
Westerners, and especially Americans insulted the holy sites of Muslims and Arabs by what is almost an occupation of
Saudi Arabia in order to launch their evil fires against Baghdad, and when the American carriers roam the Arab Gulf and
their fighters daily roam the sky to throw tons of bombs and missiles over Iraq, so about two hundred thousand tons of
bombs have been used against Iraq, in addition to using depleted uranium! All these are facts that are very well known
not only to Arabs and Muslims, but to the whole world also. But because of only one incident that happened in America in
one day, and upon an unconfirmed accusations so far, Arabs and Muslims, including some who hold the American
citizenship, are being harassed openly and publicly in America and some Western countries. Some Western countries are
preparing themselves to participate in an American military action, against an Islamic country [Afghanistan] as the
indications point out. In this case, who is being fanatic?
Isn't this solidarity and advance approval by some Western leaders of a military aggression against an Islamic country,
the most flagrant form of the new Crusades, fanaticism. It reminds Arabs and Muslims of those Crusade wars launched by
the West and NATO against Iraq?
Finally, if your rulers respect and cherish the blood of your peoples, why do you find it easy to shed the blood of
others including the blood of Arabs and Muslims? If you respect your values, why don't you respect the values of Arabs
America needs wisdom, not power. It has used power, along with the West, to its extreme extent, only to find out latter
that it doesn't achieve what they wanted. Will the rulers of America try wisdom just for once so that their people can
live in security and stability?
"In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most merciful"
Invite all to the way of your Lord with the wisdom and beautiful preaching, and argue with them in ways that are best
and most gracious, for the Lord knows best who have strayed from His path and who receive guidance."