1999 News Story

Saudi media make comments on Saddam Hussein

The Saudi Press Agency today published a commentary by Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Ibrahim Al-Fayez declaring that, ever since seizing power in Baghdad, Saddam Hussein has done more damage to Iraq than any of its enemies have. He said that Iraq is a rich Arab country, full of natural and human resources, that during the first half of this century was able to accomplish a great deal, in politics, economics, and social development. Unfortunately, in the few years of Saddam's rule, Iraq has been turned into a poor country suffering from shortages in foodstuffs and medicine, and from reverses in all developmental indicators. Over the last twenty years, Saddam has drawn Iraq against its will into mad foreign adventures for which the Iraqi people have paid and are still paying a huge price.

Just a few months after seizing power, Saddam created a conflict with Iran, which in the later stages, developed into a very destructive war leading to the deaths of thousands of Iraqi people and the destruction of Iraq's wealth. Following these foreign adventures, Saddam turned to his neighboring brothers and invaded Kuwait. The Iraqi people have assumed this great burden and are still suffering from its consequences, international sanctions and the isolation of Iraq from the global community. As a result, the sufferings of the Iraqi people increased; they have been greatly harmed by Saddam's continuing in power.
Dr. Al-Fayez went on to say that Saddam has not only challenged the international will and insisted on non-implementation of UN resolutions, in spite of the heavy price the Iraqi people are paying, but also called on the Arab people to revolt against their leaders. Saddam, as usual, has mixed things up, and thinks that the sympathy of the Arab people with the Iraqi people is sympathy for his policies and support for him. He seems to thinks that the Arab people are waiting for a signal from him to overthrow their leaders so that they can live in the comfort in which the Iraqi people are now living. Such thoughts are not at all strange from a regime that is known for mixing up fact and fantasy.
Meanwhile, Yousuf Bin Hussein Damanhouri wrote that it seems Saddam wrongly presumes that the Arab people are showing some sympathy for him because of the recent air attacks; he fails to understand that in reality the Arab people anticipate the day when the Iraqi people will live in normal circumstances in a country whose human and basic resources Saddam has completely destroyed. This wrong analysis by Saddam has led him to speak badly of the Arab leaders, generating derision from the Arab people. It is possible that the Iraqi people themselves would have been the first to laugh over this, because it is known that the Arab people, headed by those in the Arabian Gulf, are living in economic comfort, social stability and political security.
Meanwhile, a number of other writers and journalists unanimously agree that Saddam Hussein and his gangsters, who are controlling power in Baghdad, seem to have accepted no alternative except the destruction of Iraq and famine for the Iraqi people. Writing in Al-Jazirah newspaper, Dr. Khaled Al-Humaid gave his opinion that the dictator of Iraq is the worst in the entire history of this earth. He described him as a sick man, who governs his people with fire and iron, and not as a president of state, but as a leader of a gang who only knows killings, even of his cousins, the husbands of his daughters, and his brothers, the people of his nation.
Writing in the same newspaper, Jassir Al-Jassir criticized Saddam's generals, who dare to wear military uniforms without knowing and understanding the simple things of military science. Dr. Mohammad Shuman, a teacher of mass media at Al-Shams University in Cairo and an expert on public opinion, also wrote in Al-Jazirah and said Saddam, as usual, has attacked many Arab countries on their stance against the stupidity of his policies. Such attacks, through channels of propaganda, are an aspect of a past era, and have limited credibility, since the Arab people are very good at understanding and analyzing their dimensions and goals.