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Where's The Rest Of The Gang?

Putting emotions aside, I think that those who were cheering for Saddam last week, are the ones who plundered and stole and violated, while the biggest majority of Iraqis remained in their homes, praying God to save them from Saddam and his enemies.
Ayoon wa Azan (Where's The Rest Of The Gang?)
Jihad Al Khazen, Dar Al-Hayat, 2003/04/13

Frankly, I missed Mohammad Said al-Sahhaf. He is the only Iraqi official who I think deserves full amnesty on all his previous crimes, because of his cuteness when he was lying in the face of the disaster.

But where is Mohammad Said al-Sahhaf? Where are Saddam and his sons? Where is Tarek Aziz? Where is the rest of the gang?

I heard that al-Sahhaf has been captured, and then he issued a statement denying it, and declaring that he was the one who actually captured the Americans. Then I heard that when Saddam's statue was destroyed in Baghdad, al-Sahhaf made a statement to say that the statue was for one of Saddam's doubles.

As for Saddam Hussein, I heard that he was under one of his demolished palaces, or in Russia, or Syria, or Cuba or Tikrit.I don't think that he'll disappear forever with his officers. There is always a chance that I write, one morning, an article that won't be published the day after before Saddam rises back. One way or another.

Let's assume that Saddam was arrested, how would we know it is he and not one of his doubles? The Americans say that they have proof, for they have DNA. How are they sure that they have Saddam's DNA, and not the DNA of one of his substitutes?

The worst job in Iraq nowadays, could be to be a substitute for Saddam, or Udai, or Qusai. I imagine that the substitute hurried to shave his mustache and change his appearance to erase any resemblance. However, I remember the war to free Kuwait, when the Americans suspected that all the Iraqis look alike, and that men from the age and height of Saddam are hard to differentiate. Eye and hair colors are the same. And if we add the "water mark" famous in Iraq, the resemblance would be perfect.

Waiting to find Saddam, Udai and Qusai and the rest of the gang, I feel sorry for the destruction of his statues in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities. I would have preferred if these statues were gathered in one place turned into a park people would visit to look, watch and remember the lesson. As I visit Hungary every hunting season, I noticed that after the fall of communism, the Hungarians gathered the statues of their important personalities and placed them in parts people visit to remember the long-gone regime.

Today, there is a campaign to erase any symbol of Saddam's regime. However, the one who doesn't remember history is doomed to relive it, as we read.

We say that Saddam's days are "only for memory and not to be relived," and we add that pillaging and vengeance are understood but unacceptable. But I wish the occupation troops had spared the National Museum in Baghdad instead of the Oil Ministry, for the civilization of the whole world started in Mesopotamia, not in China nor the Nile and surely not in L.A.An obstinate Iraqi friend told me while we were watching television and the pillage operations are raging, that the Iraqi people is far from performing these acts but some are trying to have a "souvenir" from the destitute regime. I pointed to one man on television holding a big refrigerator and running, and said that I don't think the fridge is a kind of souvenir.

Putting emotions aside, I think that those who were cheering for Saddam last week, are the ones who plundered and stole and violated, while the biggest majority of Iraqis remained in their homes, praying God to save them from Saddam and his enemies.

I don't need to curse Saddam Hussein for I'm sure he is heading straight to hell. However, I admit another reason to be angry with him: I hated him when he was ruling, but I hoped that he would have taken a prideful stance at the end to compensate for some of his crimes. But he ran in cowardice, though he said few weeks ago during an interview on a U.S. network that he will die fighting in his country.

The strangest thing is that there are still some people who cry for Saddam, sorry for his loss, which proves that "you could fool some people all the time."

Today, Saddam is living in "added time" and all I care about of his existence is that he be killed when found, to close the bloody chapter on him for good. However, I ask for forgiveness of Mohammad Said al-Sahhaf, for he has proved to be a remarkable Arab Minister of Information.

I also call for Hoda Ammash to be spared. She is a beautiful Iraqi biologist accused of playing a role in the construction of weapons of mass destruction. We do have beautiful women in our country, and we have smart ones too. But Hoda has both in an unusual way. Sure, her accusation is far worse than that of al-Sahhaf, but they won and he lost with his boss. The winner is the one who will write history, including a chapter on non-existent weapons the UN inspectors and the invaders couldn't find.

Hoda, the daughter of Saleh Mahdi Ammash, is named Hoda; but the false western propaganda called her "chemical Sally" for this name is more attractive on TV.

However, the truth is that she was hit, one day, by a rocket in one of Saddam's castles or with the Russian ambassador's convoy.

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