by Selwyn Manning
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has received pledges of loyalty from his Commander of Air Defence and issued a second letter to the United States, western peoples and governments. The reports issued via Iraq’s official news agency herald a nation that this preparing for an escalation of war in the Middle East.
Shaheen Yaseen Mohammed, the Iraqi commander of Air Defence and group of fighters and technicians at Iraqi Air Defence Command, pledged to remain loyal to Saddam’s regime and offer further thoughts and “inventions” to confront enemy warplanes.
Shaheen, on behalf of all fighters, pledged to: “remain vigilant observing moves of the evil forces and repulse enemy warplanes to retreat to their bases,” Iraq’s official news agency reported.
The meeting followed Saddam’s second open letter to the United States, which cited Saddam’s view that the USA is preparing a war against Islam as a religion and Arabs as a people.
Saddam wrote: “Consider statements by the US officials who say the war would be long because it is aimed at several states. Notice the blackmail or better, the terrorism they mean and which was designed to include several states and parties on a list that could be longer or shorter in accordance with a policy of sheer terrorism and blackmail, first and foremost, the illusion that Arabs and Moslems and the people of Palestine would leave the arena for the aggression of the Zionist entity and its vile imperialism.
“These charges which were made without consideration and in an instantaneous way mean that the mentality of the US administration has been pre-loaded, prior to the incidence, even if we apply the norms of today and not the norms of the law. It has made assumption tantamount to conclusive verdict, namely that Islam, with Arabs in the lead of Moslems are enemies of the US. More precisely, the US on the level of its rulers has taken it as a final verdict that it is the enemy of Arabs and Moslems. In so doing, they have stored the final verdict in their minds.”
In his second letter to the USA, western peoples and governments, Saddam clearly displays a belief that Israel and the “Zionist” want world domination and are using the US and the west to achieve this.
He concluded his letter stating: “It is a chance to air an opinion whose time has come. It is also addressed to the peoples of the US and the Western people in general. Zionism has been planning for the domination of the world since its well-known conference it convened in Basle in 1897. Ever since, it has been working in this direction. It has scored successes you can feel by controlling finance, media and commerce centres in your countries and whoever rules in your name, here and there, in decision-making centres. But its domination is not yet fulfilled to have its will absolute and final. This could only be feasible when two heavenly faiths upheld by the biggest bloc in the world are thrown into conflict. Otherwise, Zionism would be denied the accomplishment of all its ambitions. The masterminds of Zionism are, therefore, working for a clash between Christianity and Islam on the assumption that this, and only this, could secure the chance to dominate the world, when new opportunities open up for their domination. Could there be any better situation than that when the stealing dog finds his household pre-occupied by a grief so that it could win the thing it has set its eye on, the thing that whetted its mouth? Would the sensible men in the West be aware of that? Or would Zionism outsmart them to attain its aims?”
It appears within the Arab and Islamic world people and the nations they affiliate to are subscribing to limbs of this view.
Perhaps a warning lies not so much within the content of Saddam’s letter, but more that his stated belief issues insight into the Iraqi leader’s crusade, on behalf of the Islamic religion, against an age-old foe.
And this perhaps is all the more concerning considering the carnage that prophetically and inevitably will occur, as it has done historically, when religion fights religion.