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Posted: 5/21/2005 8:59:46 AM EDT
in passing, here's some more ammo against the abundant liberal Saddamn lovers everywhere...

Iraqi Atrocities:

“ This [Iraqi regime] is a regime that will gouge out the eyes of children to force confessions from their parents and grandparents. This is a regime that will crush all the bones in the feet of a two year old girl to force her mother to divulge her father’s whereabouts. This is a regime that will hold a nursing baby at arm’s length from her mother, and allow the child to starve to death to fore the mother to confess. This is a regime that will burn a person’s limbs off to force him to confess or comply. This is a regime that will slowly lower its victims into huge vats of acid, either to break their will or simply as a means of execution. This is a regime that applies electric shocks to the bodies of its victims, particularly their genitals, with great creativity. This is a regime that in 2000 decreed that the crime of criticizing the regime (which can be as harmless as suggesting that Saddam’s clothing does not match) would be punished by cutting out the offender’s tongue. This is a regime that practices systematic rape against its female victims. This is a regime that will drag in a man’s wife, daughter, or other female relative and repeatedly rape her in front of him. This is a regime that will force a white hot metal rod into a person’s anus or other orifices. This is a regime that employs thallium poisoning, widely considered one of the most excruciating ways to die. This is a regime that will behead a young mother in the street in front of her house and children because her husband was suspected of opposing the regime. This is a regime that used chemical warfare on its own Kurdish citizens-- not just the 15,000 killed and maimed at Halabja but on scores of other villages all across Kurdistan. This is a regime that tested chemical and biological warfare agents on Iranian prisoners of war, using the POWs in controlled experiments to determine the best ways to disperse the agents to inflict the greatest damage.”
-- Pollack, K, The Threatening Storm, Random House, 2002

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“There was a machine designed for shredding plastic. Men were dropped into it and we were again made to watch. Sometimes they went in head first and died quickly. Sometimes they went in feet first and died screaming. It was horrible. I saw 30 people die like this. Their remains would be placed in plastic bags and we were told they would be used as fish food . . . on one occasion, I saw Qusay [President Saddam Hussein’s youngest son] personally supervise these murders.”

This is one of the many witness statements that were taken by researchers from Indict — the organisation I chair — to provide evidence for legal cases against specific Iraqi individuals for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. This account was taken in the past two weeks.

Another witness told us about practices of the security services towards women: “Women were suspended by their hair as their families watched; men were forced to watch as their wives were raped . . . women were suspended by their legs while they were menstruating until their periods were over, a procedure designed to cause humiliation.”

--From the Times of London, an article by an Iraqi Labour MP
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“In 1984, when [this iraqi citizen ‘Hassan’] was fifteen, his father, who was also a butcher, was arrested by Saddam Hussein’s security police for making some careless comment about the regime. Three months later, the remains of the body, which had been fed through a meat grinder, were returned to Hassan’s family with a demand for a thousand dinars for the trouble.”
-- ”New Yorker” magazine, p.34, April 7, 2003

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“Uday Hussein is a bad person, but nobody can say to him wrong. He has his own prison...his own prison.”
--Dr. Tashin Muallah
Former Dean, Baghdad U. Medical School
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“[Saddam] said now it’s time to develop nuclear bombs. I told him I cannot do that because that’s not my specialty, I don’t know anything about it, and I cannot help with that program. I was arrested. I was tortured day and night for 22 days until I was completely paralyzed, and then I was thrown into solitary confinement for ten years...You don’t expect these things to happen in the twenty-first century. You don’t believe it because you are not used to it. This thing happened with Saddam Hussein.”
--Dr. Hussein Al-Shahristani
Former Chief Scientific Advisor, Iraqi Atomic Organization
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“One time I saw a guy picking yellow flowers [in Baghdad]. I said ‘What are you doing?’He said, ‘Saddam doesn’t like yellow color, so we have to clean the yards everyday from any yellow colored flower.’”
--Entifadh Quanbar
Director, Iraqi National Congress, DC
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