Baghdad, Iraq - It
was with incredulity and then anger that I happened
to see the news of Saddam Hussein`s lawyer preparing
to sue the US Government over the violation of
Saddam Hussein's human rights over pictures of his
Frankly, it takes a lot of nerve!
am an Assyrian Christian. The Assyrians are the
original people of Iraq. I was in Iraq during the
time of Saddam Hussein. In all the confusion that
has developed since that time it seems that people
have forgotten how bad it was.
will give you a couple simple examples just from my
cousin was working for the Iraqi government. As a
Christian she refused to sleep with her supervisor.
She was imprisoned for seven years.
Another relative served three years in Abu Ghraib
for simply using our language - the real Abu Ghraib.
Beatings were two times a day - after lunch and
after dinner and hangings were every Wednesday and
Thursday. His body is covered to this day with
scars literally everywhere.
of my cousins are permanently disabled as were many
in Iraq at that time. They are so mentally affected
that they just sit and cry out all day. For many it
was the only way to handle Saddams hell - to lose
Visiting other relatives and finding almost always
the telltale black and white pictures on the wall of
family members killed in one of Saddams as they
called it `stupid wars` - nearly a million,
wonderful young men lost their lives.
telephone call, an unexpected visitor - anything out
of the unusual the whole family stiffened in fear.
constant, palpable and never ending terror of in
some even minor way falling afoul of Saddam
dominated everyone's lives and with good reason.
Iraq under Saddam Hussein was a terror state - a
constant, never ending state of terror for the
people who never knew when they would be dragged out
of bed or from work or school or anywhere else and
hauled away never to return.
one of my relatives put it `We all should
collectively be in a mental hospital so great is the
psychological damage to us all because of that crazy
Saddam . . `
story told among our families was that every day
after work Saddam would meet with his two sons and
they would call up the Prison and ask for an
interesting prisoner who they would have brought
over and the entertainment for the day was to
torture this prisoner together.
followed the fall of communism there is the tendency
to look back on the `good old days`, because we all
tend to forget and citizen the current situation,
but ask any Iraqi.
day during the daily meeting we had with the
administrators in Baghdad a British Woman who had
previously been a anti-war activist started to rant
on and on about the terrible things the United
States was doing to Iraq.
`The electricity doesn�ft work, the water doesn�ft
work, the transportation system doesn�ft work . . `
and on and on she went.
all listened quietly to her.
After she finished there was a pause and one of the
Iraqis stood up `Madam` he said `With all due
respect all of the things you have mentioned . . .
none of them worked under Saddam either.`
Saddam Hussein? You have a lot of nerve to demand
rights that for 35 years you denied your own people!
The nerve of you through your lawyer to demand
protection because someone saw you in your
What I saw when I saw you in your underwear was a
body that was not scarred and broken from the
beatings and torture that you inflicted on everyone
else you could.
have a lot of nerve to complain about your `human
rights` after abusing the human rights of 23 Million
people for 35 years and killing over a million of
them, many at the fancy of you and your even more
Frankly, I along with most Iraqis do not understand
why you are even alive! How dare you demand
anything! You are lucky it was the Americans who
entered Baghdad . . . anybody else and you would
have been dead the moment you had been found.
is too bad that the Americans have to honor freedom,
democracy and the rule of law . . . you for one do
not deserve it! Shut up and get back to your garden!