The truth about Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein

He was a political lap dog for the Americans for years.

Tim King – Salem Insider

(SALEM)  Americans were led to believe that Saddam Hussein, as the President of Iraq, somehow posed a threat to Americans and had to be eliminated.  It was never true.  In fact, Saddam Hussein was for the most part, merely a puppet leader for American politicians, much like Manuel Noriega in Panama, until the US government and its obedient, unquestioning, media minions turned on him in 1990.

The first Gulf War was waged because Hussein’s military forces entered Kuwait.  The truth of the matter, is that the Iraqi President only called for this action after getting a green light from a US diplomat.   Moreover, the news that played all over American televisions of Iraqi soldiers tossing Kuwaiti babies out of incubators was a wholesale lie, concocted by a New York ad agency.

Both US Congress and the American public heard the words of a 15-year old Kuwaiti girl, who used the name Nayirah, (supposedly for protection from Iraqi retaliation) who claimed to have witnessed these barbaric acts of the Iraqi Army. published the actual words that the girl.spoke.. words that set the stage for a war called Desert Storm, “I volunteered at the al-Addan hospital,” Nayirah said. “While I was there, I saw the Iraqi soldiers come into the hospital with guns, and go into the room where . . . babies were in incubators. They took the babies out of the incubators, took the incubators, and left the babies on the cold floor to die.”1

She was in fact the daughter of a Kuwaiti diplomat who was safe and sound in the United States when she claimed to have witnessed the incident.
According to Christian Science Monitor, “The babies in the incubator story is a classic example of how easy it is for the public and legislators to be mislead during moments of high tension. It’s also a vivid example of how the media can be manipulated if we do not keep our guards up.”2

Iraq-Iran War

Saddam Hussein launched the Iraq-Iran War, also known as the Imposed War (جنگ تحمیلی, Jang-e-tahmīlī) and Holy Defense (دفاع مقدس, Defā’-e-moghaddas) in Iran, which was covertly funded, not very secretly at all as it turned out, by the US government.  This horrible war left innumerable casualties. The war was supported by the US because of a major ego blow from the non-lethal taking of American hostages in Iraq in 1979, the year the Islamic Revolution began.  Additionally, on 03 July 3 1988, the US Navy Aircraft Carrier Carl Vincennes, blew an Iranian airliner out of the sky, killing 290 civilians.  An article published by the US Naval Institute, explains among other things, that the passenger plane was identified by technicians aboard the carrier at almost the exact same time that the US Navy’s Captain Will Rogers, gave the order to fire a missile at the plane and destroy it, sending almost 300 people to their death, “Captain Mohsen Rezaian was piloting his fully loaded Iran Air Airbus airliner through 13,000 feet on a routine Sunday morning flight across the Persian Gulf to Dubai, when a burst of shrapnel ripped off the left wing and tore through the aft fuselage.”  The author of the article, Lieutenant Colonel David Evans, US Marine Corps (Retired), added, “It is doubtful that he ever saw the two fiercely burning points of light streaking up at his airplane, the Standard missiles launched by the cruiser USS Vincennes(CG-49).”3

The US funded Iraqi invasion of Iran left millions with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) which is also prevalent throughout Iraq due to the continuous US led war there.

According to, “During the eight years between Iraq’s formal declaration of war on September 22, 1980, and Iran’s acceptance of a cease-fire with effect on July 20, 1988, at the very least half a million and possibly twice as many troops were killed on both sides, at least half a million became permanent invalids, some 228 billion dollars were directly expended, and more than 400 billion dollars of damage (mostly to oil facilities, but also to cities) was inflicted, mostly by artillery barrages. Aside from that, the war was inconsequential: having won Iranian recognition of exclusive Iraqi sovereignty over the Shatt-el-Arab River (into which the Tigris and Euphrates combine, forming Iraq’s best outlet to the sea), in 1988 Saddam Hussein surrendered that gain when in need of Iran’s neutrality in anticipation of the 1991 Gulf War.”4

Saddam Hussein and his military, always traditionally at odds with the neighboring Persians in Iran, launched an unprecedented modern style war that involved the use of chemical weapons, and was an act of punishment against Iran’s new leadership. The war was fought locally, but outside western influences were the benefactors.

After fighting Iran for nine straight years on behalf of America’s interest in destabilizing the Middle east, Iraq invaded Kuwait the following year, after being told by a US diplomat named April Glaspie, that American forces would not interfere.

Photos from the Highway of Death in Kuwait - 2007 photo by Tim King

From the original transcript of the conversation between Hussein and Glaspie….

“U.S. Ambassador Glaspie – We have no opinion on your Arab – Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait. Secretary (of State James) Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction, first given to Iraq in the 1960′s, that the Kuwait issue is not associated with America. (Saddam smiles)”5

The invasion of Kuwait incited the Gulf War known as “Desert Storm”; a quick US led defeat of Iraq’s military with a large coalition of other nations.  This was the basis for the US drawing the angst of a man named Osama bin Laden, who was a key player in the Afghanistan resistance movement that was launched after Soviet forces invaded the country with the intent of squashing dissent and restoring Communist order to Afghanistan. The resistance, known as the Mujahideen, consisted of jihadist fighters serving under regional warlords.  Bin Laden returned to Saudi Arabia as a vaunted hero, and was outraged that the Saudi government allowed Western forces to gather on their land for an invasion of Kuwait, when he and his extremely experienced jihadist fighters were ready to go.  This created a rift between bin Laden and the royal family that never dissipated.

The US military attacked the retreating Iraqi Army in the most despicable and shameful way.  The men, who were under military orders in the first place, were slaughtered as they attempted to retreat back to Iraq.  They all were in essence, shot in the back.  US Air Force planes dropped Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) bombs which are dirty munitions, burning the men to death that survived the blasts.

Even today some of the buses and cars and military equipment of the Iraqi Army in 1991, remains strewn along the “Highway of death” which served as a US Air Force killing field. If you look at the photos carefully you will see things like a machine gun sticking out of the sand, buses, twisted pieces of cars, and what appear to be bleached white human bones. I was told the area was “very dirty”, meaning that Depleted Uranium ordinance had been used, and as a result the place was dangerous.

After the close of the Cold War, the US wasted no time in launching a massive military operation against Iraq and Saddam Hussein, faithful friend of the US who was told he could invade Kuwait without reprisal from the Bush government. Along with Iraqi government officials, he said Kuwait was stealing Iraqi oil, that is what people in the Mideast believe. A large percentage of Europeans know the same story.

Of course the second Gulf War which continues in Iraq today and claimed the lives of thousands of Americans, was based on false reports of illegal weapons.  He was far from perfect, but it is undeniable that the world would be a much better place if the Americans had not been so hell bent on laying siege in Iraq and eliminating its leader in a symbolic, TV news friendly environment, killing possibly as many as 1.5 human beings in Iraq, the majority of which were either innocent, or guilty only of defending their home country from an invading, occupying army.






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Tim King: Global News Centre Editor and Writer

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With more than 25 years of experience on the west coast and worldwide as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor, Tim King is’s Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans.

Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a ‘Good Neighbor Award’ for his reporting, by The Red Cross.

tim-iraq-2His years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions.  Tim has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu.

Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label ‘terrorist’ is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel’s destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide.

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