THIRD LETTER OF SADDAM HUSSEIN
MAY 7, 2003)
The letter, which is printed in Al-Quds al-Arabi, is dated 7 May. The paper published an earlier letter, also attributed to Saddam Hussein, on 30 April, which called on Iraqis to rise up against the US-led coalition. The letter, dated 7 May and sent by fax to the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, bitterly attacks the US and Britain, but also pours scorn on Iraq's neighbours.
The newspaper, which published a similar message dated 28 April - Saddam Hussein's birthday - said it believed he had written and signed it.
latest letter is entitled:
"SADDAM TO THE IRAQIS:
MAKE THE MOSQUES CENTRES FOR RESISTING THE INVADERS ;
THE AMERICANS HAVE PLUNDERED BAGHDAD'S BANKS
AND THE OPPOSITIONISTS FACILITATED
THE AGGRESSION AND OCCUPATION".
Saddam Hussein, to the great people of Iraq...
to jihad... Come to jihad... Come to jihad... Your brothers'
jihad has started to inflict successive daily losses on the
criminal American and British enemy... hold fast, all together...
and be not divided among yourselves...
say that the American and British invaders have plundered the
antiquities and your oil from your wealth and even plundered
from the banks amounts of money that exceed by far what they
everyone know that your banks were full of money from various
currencies that belonged to depositors and the state. The
invaders plundered them just as they will plunder your oil and
wealth. There is nothing new in Bush and Blair being thieves,
for they are killers.
do not reveal a secret now when I say that had the money spent
by the countries surrounding Iraq since 1968 till now on
inflicting damage on Iraq because of its honourable
pan-Arab stands and on preventing its renaissance been spent
on liberating and rebuilding Palestine, then this would
have been done and would have even been enough to liberate
all the occupied Arab territories from Israel and others.
the Syrian regime embraced oppositionists who are traitors and
allowed them to make contact with the CIA and Britain, it did
not allow resisters to stay for a few days.
Jordanian regime, which has been advocating the Zionist plan
after signing the Wadi Arabah shame and crime [Jordan's peace
treaty with Israel in 1994], did the same thing. As to the
Saudi regime that allowed the invaders to desecrate the land
of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of God be with him),
it alone spent against the pan-Arabist and Muslim Iraq
beyond imagination so as to serve the Zionist enemy and the
United States ...
to the dissolute, lying, and treacherous Kuwaiti regime that
has sold its honour and land, we tell them they are Alqamists
against the nation [reference to Alqam, a Shia who helped
Mongol invader Hulagu Khan enter Baghdad in 13th Century].
ruling faction in Iran practised hypocrisy and conspired
against the Arabs and Islam with all the malevolence it has.
It embraced the spies of the United States against Iraq and
helped the blockade of Iraq. Moreover, they are the only
beneficiaries from what is happening.
like the Al Saud cowards and traitors, allowed US and British
aircraft to kill your brothers and your country's sons for
great people of Iraq: The beliefs and facts about
personalities and events would change if we were to disclose
many of the secrets. But the fact now that should be acted
upon is to resist, expel, and crush the occupation...
to Iraqis abroad, I ask them to help their brothers
immediately and advise them. Encourage them to resist the
occupation. Anyone capable of helping his brother, then let
him do so. All of you protect the homeland and all of you take
up the resistance.
not, do not, do not let them seize your oil and wealth. Resist,
resist, resist, and boycott the occupier and his aides. This
is a religious and national duty...
fought like men and with honour, dignity, and pride. We will
not be defeated as long as faith in God remains in us, the
jihad our option, and the resistance our reply...
call on you, the sons of Iraq, to make the mosques the centres
for resistance and for coming to the aid of religion, Islam,
and the homeland and to make the enemy feel that you hate him
by word and deed...
is Great. Let the accursed be cursed.
second handwritten letter, after the written and voice ones.
6 Rabi al-Awwal 1424 Hegira, 7 May 2003.
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