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October 23, 2002

Challenging Saddam?? Could it be

Challenging Saddam??

Could it be possible that Saddam will be toppled without the United States having to fire a single shot? Most likely not, but some positive signs (for those against Iraq) appeared over the past couple of days.

As reported on Monday, Iraq has released a number of prisoners who have been held for various amounts of time because of their criticisms of Saddam Hussein. While this may have been a positive sign and a humanitarian move for a man who has proven himself as someone who doesnít place much value in human life, some questions have not been answered and the Iraqi people are starting to demand answers.

The following was posted on an AOL news story:

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Oct. 23) - Iraqis from all over the country are camping outside the secret police headquarters on the outskirts of Baghdad, hoping for news of imprisoned relatives who did not come home after a general amnesty announced earlier this week.

It was an extraordinary scene in a country where few would dare any action that could be seen as challenging the regime.

The amnesty is seen as the latest effort by President Saddam Hussein to build support among his people as he faces American threats of a war to topple him. The crowds at the police headquarters and protests by other Iraqis seeking information about imprisoned relatives shows the gambit could backfire, raising expectations Saddam will have trouble fulfilling.

Few things would be as pleasing as having one of Saddamís efforts at building support against us backfire for him. While it is not to the same extremes as seen in Tienamen Square, I am amazed at the boldness of the Iraqi people in their demands for information regarding loved ones who have yet to appear since the prison release. Generally speaking, I would imagine most who question Saddam are quickly put to deathÖÖÖ.unless of course they are slowly and painfully put to death.

I understand that this is a small crack in his armor, but at least it is a crack. A crack that the rest of the world is paying very close attention to. Perhaps it is not unrealistic to think that other Iraqis will question Saddamís leadership and take steps to change the situation there for the good. Letís hope so, and letís hope that major changes could take place before having to place more of our soldiers in harmís way. Of course, I realize it would be a stretch, but we might as well dream.

Posted by Woundwort at October 23, 2002 10:56 AM | TrackBack
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