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Saddam Capture 'Painful' for Arabs [I love him so much, I canít stand watching it]
Scotsman ^ | 12-13-03

Posted on 12/14/2003 9:00:57 AM PST by SJackson

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Saddam Capture 'Painful' for Arabs

For many ordinary Palestinians, the TV footage of a dishevelled Saddam obediently submitting to a medical exam by his US captors was painful to watch: it sealed the defeat of the one Arab leader they felt always stood by them.

Saddam should have put up a fight or committed suicide, they said, and his surrender is a stain on Arab honour.

“It is a big defeat for all Arabs and Muslims,” said Raji Hassan, 29, watching TV with friends in a Gaza City coffee shop.

The Palestinian Authority declined official comment.

While Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had supported Saddam in the 1991 Gulf War, his government had been careful to stay on the sidelines during the US-led invasion of Iraq this year.

Mohammed Horani, a legislator from Arafat’s ruling Fatah movement, said he expected many Palestinians and Arabs to have mixed feelings.

“Saddam is a dictator and the Iraqi people suffered under him, but on the other hand, it was the (American) occupation that caught him,” he said. “There will be a sense of confusion in the public.”

Horani said he had expected Saddam to be more courageous. ”I had expected him to have fought back, or at least end his life,” he said. “But then again, all dictators are cowards.”

During the past three years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting, Saddam sent millions of dollars to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In the 1991 Gulf War, Saddam attacked Israel with 39 Scud missiles, in the failed hope of breaking up an Arab coalition against him.

When the Iraqi missiles flew over the West Bank, en route to targets in Israel, Palestinians would often cheer.

Today, about a dozen men were playing pool in Gaza City hall while the news was being broadcast on a television in the corner. No one even turned to look at the television.

“I love him so much, I can’t stand watching it while he’s in custody,” Raafat Logman, 23, said as he was shooting pool. “We are surprised. We are so sad,” said Sameh Aloul, 22


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aceofspades; ageofliberty; arabworld; captured; decapitation; greatnews; gulfwar2; gulfwarii; iraq; iraqaftermath; saddam; saddamcaptured; saddamhussein; tikrit; topplesaddam; viceisclosed; viceisclosing
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1 posted on 12/14/2003 9:00:57 AM PST by SJackson
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on or off this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.
2 posted on 12/14/2003 9:01:28 AM PST by SJackson (If Iraq came across the Jordan River I'd grab a rifle and get in the trench and fight and die, x42)
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To: SJackson
It's painful for leftists too.
3 posted on 12/14/2003 9:02:09 AM PST by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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...and his surrender is a stain on Arab honour.

I'm seeing images of a dog and a fire hydrant.

4 posted on 12/14/2003 9:04:36 AM PST by rickmichaels
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To: SJackson
These stories only make this day more satisfying.
5 posted on 12/14/2003 9:04:52 AM PST by Gumption
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To: SJackson
It's not only painful for Arabs but for the Rats and the main media as well. I love it.

They look miserable, LOL!!!

6 posted on 12/14/2003 9:05:03 AM PST by Victoria Delsoul (I love the smell of winning, the taste of victory, and the joy of each glorious triumph)
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To: SJackson
capturing sodom is america's christmas present to the world
7 posted on 12/14/2003 9:05:30 AM PST by 1john2 3and4 ( at ONE with my duality)
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To: SJackson
We are so sad,” said Sameh Aloul, 22

Yo Sameh...if yas thing yer sad you aughta see Lil Tom.

8 posted on 12/14/2003 9:06:00 AM PST by evad (Most politicians lie, cheat and steal. It's all they know to do and they won't stop...EVER!)
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To: SJackson
a dishevelled Saddam obediently submitting to a medical exam by his US captors was painful to watch:

Yeah, well.....

We feel your pain.

;-)

9 posted on 12/14/2003 9:06:03 AM PST by ArmstedFragg
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To: SJackson
I feel their pain.

Snicker.

10 posted on 12/14/2003 9:08:18 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: SJackson
“We are surprised. We are so sad,” said Sameh Aloul, 22


11 posted on 12/14/2003 9:08:30 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: SJackson
“There will be a sense of confusion in the public.”

How much more confused can Arabs be, when they make heros of thugs, baby killers, mass murderers, and other vile waste?

12 posted on 12/14/2003 9:09:23 AM PST by angkor
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To: SJackson
On a day like this, it's just so great to be alive - to be a Republican - and AN AMERCAN. Yaaaaahooooo!

Our military is so amazing....:)

13 posted on 12/14/2003 9:11:07 AM PST by veronica (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1036919/post-Screenwriting Contest thread/ATTN:FR writers)
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To: Catspaw
I feel their pain. Snicker.

*Chortle*

14 posted on 12/14/2003 9:12:08 AM PST by veronica (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1036919/post-Screenwriting Contest thread/ATTN:FR writers)
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To: SJackson
Saddam should have put up a fight or committed suicide, they said, and his surrender is a stain on Arab honour.

What arab honour? The arab culture is one big stain as it is.

In his day, the Saudi philosopher Abdallah Al-Qassimi said many times that 'the greatest distance [between two points] in the world is the distance between an Arab's words and his deeds.'

15 posted on 12/14/2003 9:13:46 AM PST by Publius6961 (40% of Californians are as dumb as a sack of rocks.)
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To: veronica; Catspaw
Best pic I could find. They're not allowing press in the internet cafes in the territories. The laptop is out of the frame on the right.


16 posted on 12/14/2003 9:15:53 AM PST by SJackson (If Iraq came across the Jordan River I'd grab a rifle and get in the trench and fight and die, x42)
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“It is a big defeat for all Arabs and Muslims,” said Raji Hassan, 29, watching TV with friends in a Gaza City coffee shop.

Which makes it all the sweeter! Shows the mentality of these people who support such evil.

17 posted on 12/14/2003 9:17:42 AM PST by ladyinred (If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door!)
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To: SJackson
Yup, a sad day for the Palies--I just can't stop grinning.
18 posted on 12/14/2003 9:22:56 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: SJackson
The capture of Saddam has very large consequences for not only the Palestinians but Islam as a whole. According to the teachings of Islam, when a man attacks a neighbor that is stronger and brings the wrath and destruction from that stronger neighbor onto his village, that man is a shame to Islam.

For Saddam to be in the hands of America, his sons dead and His Islamic State in ruins and in the hands of Infidels, Allah has clearly shown that Allah is not behind the attack on America. It is clearly not time for the Jihad!

This is a very serious situation, a clear clash of doctrine between the Koran and the Jihad. If Saddam had eluded capture, it would have shown that Allah is behind the Jihad, but for Saddam to be captured, and without a fight, it shows that Allahs favor is not on him.

They are going to be burning the midnight oil in the mosques tonight!!!
19 posted on 12/14/2003 9:25:36 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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“It is a big defeat for all Arabs and Muslims,” said Raji Hassan, 29, watching TV
with friends in a Gaza City coffee shop.


It's deja vu all over again.

Just like the Syrians who sat in their coffeshop, watching the statue of Saddam
being pulled down in Baghdad.
They sat there...and did nothing.

May this sort of Arab/Muslim solidarity continue and expand.
20 posted on 12/14/2003 9:25:56 AM PST by VOA
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