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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Another Excellent Question

      Closely related to my last post, TallDave wants to know why the press runs stories like the one below (since it's a Yahoo link, I'm running it in full; it will soon vanish), which glorify tremendously evil murderers, while simultaneously ignoring important stories about like the new Iraqi Constitution (a story which they cover only when they can report problems with drafting it)?  Could it be that they don't want freedom for anyone except themselves?

      Yes, TallDave, it could.  I'm surprised it took you so long to discover that.  But it's good to see the scales are dropping from your eyes.  The press collaborate with the terrorists.


In Saddam's birthplace, fond memories of Uday and Qusay

Awjah, Iraq (AFP) - Villagers of the town where former dictator Saddam Hussein was born said they retain fond memories of his slain sons Uday and Qusay, but had good reasons for not going to pay their respects on the second anniversary of their deaths.

"We could not go (to the cemetery), because we are afraid that the Americans have installed invisible cameras to pick us out and then arrest us," said Ahmed al-Khattab, a cousin of the Hussein family.

Hajj Saad Khraimus said he could not visit for health reasons.

"I am handicapped and ill. I can't go to their graves, but I ask God to take pity on them and shelter them in paradise."

The gray sand and dirt cemetery sits at the entrance of the village and is near a US military base some 180 kilometers (112 miles) north of Baghdad.

The remains of Uday, Qusay and his son Mustafa who was 14 when he was killed, lay in a plot wedged between a palm tree and an electrical pylon.

"These young men are the most honorable in Iraq," said Saad al-Nassiri, outfitted in a traditional dishdasha robe and white head wrap, and who also claimed to be related to the deceased.

"The Americans used their most sophisticated weaponry to take them out."

Uday commanded the Fedayeen militia and Qusay headed his father's dreaded security and intelligence apparatus.

They died in a ferocious gunbattle in the northern city of Mosul after US troops were tipped off by the man who was hiding them in his house, recalled a neighbour, Shaher al-Khazradji.

"The fighting lasted four hours then US soldiers pulled out Uday's body (by the feet), while the other bodies were covered and removed," he said.

One of their bodyguards was also killed.

Hours later, the US military destroyed the two-storey building, and today nothing has been built in its place.

Uday, 39, and Qusay, 37, were the only two of 55 leaders of Saddam's regime to die in battle.

Al-Khazradji had bitter words for the man who gave away Uday and Qusay's whereabouts because he aided US troops.

"The prostitutes of Mosul have more honor than him," he said.

But 43-year-old Khaled al-Naimi said Iraq now has greater concerns.

"Uday and Qusay, that's the past. Today we don't have water, electricity or infrastructure in our third year of occupation. Their deaths don't mean anything. This country doesn't belong to them. It belongs to all Iraqis."


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