Syria considers Saddam responsible for occupation of Iraq
Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran
Damascus, April 20, IRNA -- Syria once again on Saturday night emphasized that the top officials of the ousted Iraqi regime, plus and particularly Saddam Hussain himself, are responsible for all miseries suffered by the Iraqi nation, and for the occupation of Iraq by US-British forces.
Head of the Foreign Relations and Information Bureau of the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms. Bathina Sha'ban, in an article published in Syria's state owned Tishrin newspaper, published on the occasion of Syria's Independence day -- April 17, 1946 -- took a severe snipe at the top officials of the ousted Iraqi regime for the troubles they have caused not only for the Iraqis!
Sha'ban's article seems to be an indirect response to the incessant US accusations against Damascus on its accused support for Saddam's ousted regime.
In her article titled 'The Day the Last Foreign Soldier Was Kicked out of Syria' Sha'ban writes, "We are celebrating the Independence Day of Syria this year amid ambivalent feelings of joy and sadness, since the colonizers' soldiers have once again occupied an Arab country."
This Syrian official considers the recent developments in Iraq as "a full scale catastrophe" and meanwhile "a lesson that should teach the Arab and Islamic world leaders a lot".
She further on reiterates, "we do not underestimate the lonizers' capabilities and modern military facilities, but let us not forget also that there were other factors involved in paving the way for the catastrophic military occupation of Iraq."
The Syrian diplomat writes, "the ousted head of the former Iraqi regime dragged Iraq into the whirlpool of civil and foreign wars during his 30 years at the office, which had no benefit, save for the great losses of the human and material losses of the Iraqi and other nations, and an unjust long set of crushing U.N. sanctions, that were mainly against the Iraqi nation."
Ms. Sha'ban argues that Iraq's second largest oil reserves in the world will during the next few months be turning the rusted wheels of the the US economy, while Saddam's regime kept the Iraqis, that could be among he wealthiest nations in the world at the rock-bottom low level of poverty and imposed endless miseries against them.
The Syrian official at the end poses a sensitive question: "Can the Syrian nation and government under the pressure of the current ough situation strongly and effectively defend the motherland?"
She has eventually asked the Syrian nation to forget about their personal interests for the time being, and to give topmost priority to the motherland's integrity and independence.