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The ritual humiliation of the Iraqi dictator bodes ill for the peace of the region
by Justin Raimondo

American officials are denying that the intent of showing captive Saddam being poked, prodded, and shorn of his locks was to humiliate the fallen Iraqi tyrant. But other supporters of this war openly gloated at the sight of the lion de-maned, as the San Francisco Chronicle reported:

"Eran Lerman, Israel director for the American Jewish Committee, said: 'The humiliation of Saddam in the video at the press conference carried a very important message. Here is the great braggart, with his whole fantasy world, disintegrating in front of us.'"

It was left to the Vatican, in the person of Cardinal Renato Martino, to defend civilized norms:

"'I felt pity to see this man destroyed, (the military) looking at his teeth as if he were a cow. They could have spared us these pictures,' he said. "Seeing him like this, a man in his tragedy, despite all the heavy blame he bears, I had a sense of compassion for him."

The New York Times reports Rummy's contention that "no aspect of Mr. Hussein's handling came even 'up on the edge' of violating the Geneva conventions," but that is completely wrong. The Geneva Conventions plainly prohibit:

"Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment."

If anyone in the West doubts that this display was meant to humiliate and degrade the defeated Iraqi dictator, then the Iraqis present at Paul Bremer's press conference the other day, during which the video of Saddam's "medical examination" was shown for the first time, had no doubts. Just listen to their Banshee screeching and cries of savage triumph as Saddam is ritually abused.

It was a cold, calculated act of sadism. Choosing to broadcast images of a werewolfish Saddam being shorn of his beard, his mouth opened and examined - for what? Drugs? Bombs? Cavities? - was part and parcel of the Americans' "shock and awe" campaign. A phony "medical examination" became a symbolic subjugation in which Saddam represented an entire people. As Egyptian writer Sayyid Nassar put it:

"I felt extremely humiliated. I felt it was not only a humiliation of Arabs but of all humanity. By shaving his beard, a symbol of virility in Iraq and in the Arab world, the Americans committed an act that symbolizes humiliation in our region, where getting shaved by one's enemy means robbing him of his will. It's also a humiliation for all Arab leaders and a message telling them that he who does not enter the poultry yard of the Americans will experience the same fate."

As Saddam is displayed like a wild animal in captivity, the braying triumphalism of the War Party marks a low point, not only in our conduct of the war, but in the annals of modern military history. I have every confidence, however, that we'll go much lower before the occupation is over.

It's getting uglier and uglier. This is the theme song, the Zeitgeist of the post-9/11 era: a triumphant braying, a sound halfway between a jeer and a cheer. It's the Muzak that accompanies the show trials, the propagandistic "news" coverage, the Orwellian hate campaigns directed at war critics. No decent human being can long exist in such a poisonous atmosphere without choking.

Thank the gods for the Vatican, the voice of reason and ethical clarity in world that is not merely morally adrift, but positively Satanic. We may live in a pagan age, where power is the chief god in the American pantheon, but there are some who still uphold the old ways of our Christian forefathers, who afforded dignity and humanity to defeated enemies. It's the right thing to do, as well as a smart strategy. But that is not the course we are taking in Iraq, where vulgar chest-beating and Israeli-style (i.e. vicious) tactics are the order of the day.

The Americans are constantly claiming that they want to win the "hearts and minds" of the Iraqis. But that's a polite fiction now entirely debunked by the release of this footage of Saddam's treatment at American hands. If you're trying to win over the defeated, why release what looks like an S&M video, with the fallen Iraqi leader in the role of the victim?

The truth is that the U.S. occupation is not about winning hearts and minds, no more than it is about implanting "democracy." In the wake of our Pyrrhic victory, the President announced his "forward strategy" for the Middle East - a clear indication that Iraq is considered a forward base in what will be an ongoing military campaign in the region. As the former Mossad chieftain Danny Yatom put it:

"I would be very worried if I were (Syrian President) Bashir Assad tonight. President Bush has just signed a law which allows him to take drastic steps against Syria if it refuses to accede to the American request to ... cease its support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups. ... The Americans are showing their determination. Despite more than 400 dead, they are still there and they intend to act. That should worry Bashir Assad."

This war was always about advancing Israel's agenda in the Middle East, with the mythical "weapons of mass destruction" merely a pretext, a Potemkin village of disinformation behind which the real motive for the invasion was concealed. The 200 or so soldiers who have died in Iraq, and the thousands seriously wounded or otherwise disabled, were sacrificed to make the world - or, at least, the Middle East - safe for Israel.

Deputy Defense Secretary Douglas Feith, Defense Board member and prominent war profiteer Richard Perle, and David Wurmser - newly appointed to a high position on Vice President Dick Cheney's staff - are among the authors of a 1996 strategic plan developed for then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm" - that proposed an effort to take out Iraq as a way to get at the ultimate prize: Syria. The road to Damascus, the authors averred, runs through Baghdad.

The passage of the "Syria Accountability Act," pushed by the Democrats such as Tom Lantos and Nancy Pelosi, recently signed into law by a somewhat reluctant President Bush, marks a new stage in the escalation of the Mideast conflict. This Act is the prelude to a new round of warmongering, provocations, and bullying - possibly leading up to the culmination of the "Clean Break" plan, as the pressure is taken off of Israel not only from Syria but from Lebanon.

Sanctioned, isolated, and finally targeted for destruction, the Syrians are next on the Americans' hit list, as composed by the not so hidden hand of the neoconservatives, such as Perle and Feith. The same cabal that lied us into war in Iraq is intent on luring us into making war on Syria, and the capture of Saddam Hussein could be a key part of this scenario.

According to a report in Ha'aretz:

"Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein could be offered a deal in which he would give his captors information on if and how he hid weapons of mass destruction and if he smuggled some of them into Syria. In exchange, he would face life imprisonment and not be executed for war crimes, senior Iraqis attending a conference here on the future of the region have hinted."

Implicate Syria, and we'll spare your life. Will Saddam take the deal? The President is already proclaiming that Saddam deserves the death penalty. Throughout a good part of his career as a tin-pot despot, Saddam played cards dealt to him by the U.S. He has nothing to lose by playing one last hand.

- Justin Raimondo
here is another perspective worth considering 16.Dec.2003 23:20


-Caveat Lector-  http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=1341

Saddam Bound
By Israel Shamir - December 15, 2003

- Turn on the TV, - my wife, alerted by a phone call, yelled from the kitchen. On the screen was George W. Bush's mug photo with a caption reading 'Bush - the former dictator is arrested'.

I can't deny it was a moment of great elation. Indeed, Mr Bush deserved to be arrested and tried - for his invasion of sovereign Iraq and Afghanistan, for the thousands of dead and tortured men and women wherever he took his War on Islam, for his support of ENRON, and for his doubtful role in September 11. In light of the Patriot Act which gave the government broader surveillance authority and erased the traditional American liberties, and for the unconstitutional way he got to the White House, Mr Bush can indeed be called 'a dictator'. But 'former'? Had the people of the United States shown themselves the worthy heirs to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, risen up in arms and removed the tyrant?

Alas, no such luck. The former dictator referred to was, of cause, the deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. What an anticlimax! Pictures of the humiliated Hussein, bearded, tired, confused, treated like a captured tiger in a Zoo, were repeating endlessly. He opened his mouth, and we were forced to look in. He looked human and frail; too human, his dishevelled beard and large innocent eyes make him akin to Leo Tolstoy or Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Indeed, if in December 1941, Hitler's army had not been stopped by the 39 Red Guards of Panfilov on the outskirts of Moscow, this would have been the fate of Joseph Stalin; to be brought in an iron cage to Berlin and presented as 'the captured, bloody dictator'. And it would have been Mao Zedong's fate, too, had the Chinese soldiers not stopped General Macarthur's hordes on the banks of Yalu River in 1950. Vae victis, woe is defeat, especially a defeat to the ruthless and arrogant enemy.

I crossed the street to a Palestinian café, where Jerusalem artists and teachers mingle with villagers on business in the big city over backgammon and cardamom coffee. Gloom was hanging over the low tables like a rain cloud in the December air. The Palestinians were distressed and spoke in hushed tones. Their best feelings were hurt by the dishonourable display of the captive ruler. Whether one liked Saddam Hussein or not, he was the legitimate President of a great Arab nation, and his humiliation was the humiliation of all Arabs.

He was not the first captured ruler in the world's bloody and long history. More than 800 years ago, the great West European Crusader princes were captured by a victorious Arab army. Then, however, the Arab commander, Saladin, treated the captives courteously. He did not parade them with an open, red-painted mouth in front of his troops. But Chivalry and Honour, so dear to an Arab heart, are not American virtues: the US dared to attack Iraq only after ten years of UN sanctions disarmed it.

The Palestinians had additional reasons to worry. Iraq was a big and independent Arab country. It was by no means a counterbalance to the united might of Israel and the US, but its existence could stay the Zionist hand from particularly wild actions. In 1948, Iraqi volunteers stopped the Israeli army expelling the Palestinian residents of Jenin and Nablus, and saved them from the fate of homeless refugees. In 1973, the Iraqi presence stopped Israelis moving on to Damascus. Since then, the Iraqis have supported Palestinians, collecting money to sent to Palestinian widows and orphans of the resistance.

But the American-installed regime in Baghdad is rabidly anti-Palestinian and pro-Israeli. Ahmad Chalabi, the American protégé, called to establish friendly relations with Israel; plans to send Iraqi oil to Haifa refineries are being discussed, and the occupation forces expelled Palestinian refugees from their temporary homes in Baghdad. Saddam Hussein could not do much; his anti-Islamic policy did not endear him to religious Arabs, but he was a friend, and an independent Arab voice.

Israelis in a nearby pub were excited. For them, Hussein's capture was good news politically and economically. Since the US-led victory, the Israeli companies have aggressively moved into Iraq. "All inquiries about doing business in Iraq are referred to a select list of intermediaries issued by the American authorities", I was told by an Australian businessman. "All are Jewish and most of them are Israeli. Heading the list is the Israeli law firm that Douglas Feith (an American extreme-Zionist official) is a partner in". The Iraqi Jews have presented multi-billion dollar claims for properties they claim were confiscated from them. Hussein's capture will undermine the Iraqi resistance and allow the Israelis to increase their share of the war spoils.

But Israeli politicians foresee an even better outcome. "Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein could be offered a deal in which he would give his captors information on how he smuggled some of the weapons of mass destruction into Syria," said the military observer of the Israeli daily Haaretz. "In exchange, he would face life imprisonment and not be executed for war crimes", It will save George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair' bacon, following accusations that they lied to their people to justify war. More important, it would accomplish an old wish of Israeli leaders: the US tanks would roll into Damascus. With the conquest of Syria, the next stage of the Middle East subjugation to Israel would be complete, and the road to Saudi oil riches would be open.

In short, Hussein's capture will not bring peace to Iraq and the Middle East. Most probably, it will be used to jump-start the new round of war in the troubled area.