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STUNNED ARAB MEDIA REPORT SADDAM'S ARREST, WHILE PALESTINIANS TRY TO AVOID THE NEWS
IMRA ^ | 12-13-03 | Michael Widlanski

Posted on 12/14/2003 9:39:28 AM PST by SJackson

STUNNED ARAB MEDIA REPORT SADDAM'S ARREST, WHILE PALESTINIANS TRY TO AVOID THE NEWS

By Michael Widlanski Jerusalem 14 December 2003 1:30 PM

Arab language media reacted quickly, though sometimes in a somewhat stunned fashion, to American reports that U.S. forces had captured former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, touching off celebrations in Baghdad.

But the broadcast media of the Palestinian National Authority which has been very friendly to Saddam, tried to ignore the news, treating it as a marginal news item attributed to rumors linked to a scheduled American press conference in Iraq

"An American military spokesman said there would be a special press conference soon, and American reports say it is linked to reports of the arrest of former president Saddam Hussein," declared a one ayem news bulletin by Voice of Palestine radio, controlled by Yasser Arafat.

The Palestinian broadcasts, which featured the news as the fourth news item, made no mention of Iraqi crowds celebrating the capture of Saddam, a big supporter of Arafat and a financial supporter of Palestinian "martyrs" who have blown themselves up attacking Israelis.

The Palestinian Authority's television station broadcasting from Gaza ignored the news entirely for several hours, but other Arab media quickly broadcast details of popular glee at the news of Saddam's arrest.

"There are signs of rejoicing in the streets, where people are parading and we hear celebratory shooting in the air," declared Baghdad-based Rafah Sa'ad, reporter for Abu-Dhabi satellite television.

Similar reports were carried by Al-Jazeera satellite television, which broadcast its news along with biographical sketches of Saddam Hussein and his family.

Al-Arabiyya satellite television also featured family pictures and newsreel footage of Saddam inspecting troops and petting children, while underneath it showed captions detailing Saddam's reported arrest in his home town of Tikrit.

The Arab satellite stations aired interviews with Arab security experts who said they felt the arrest of Saddam, if true, would aid American efforts inside Iraq.

Even the strongly anti-American Al-Manar tv station, controlled by the pro-Iranian Hiaballah terror group, opened its news shows with intensive coverage of the American capture of Saddam.

"Throngs of Iraqi people have rushed to the streets, and there are signs of joyful shooting in the air inside the Iraqi capital," declared Diah Nasry, the Al-Manar correspondent in Baghdad.

[Michael Widlanski is an expert in the Arab media and a lecturer at the Rothberg School of the Hebrew University] (c) 2003 Michael Widlanski


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aceofspades; ageofliberty; arabworld; captured; decapitation; greatnews; gulfwar2; gulfwarii; husseincapture; iraq; iraqaftermath; saddam; saddamcaptured; saddamhussein; tikrit; topplesaddam; viceisclosed; viceisclosing
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1 posted on 12/14/2003 9:39:29 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 9:40:27 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
STUNNED ARAB MEDIA REPORT SADDAM'S ARREST, WHILE PALESTINIANS TRY TO AVOID THE NEWS

How does it feel, suckers?!?! The noose is ever-tightening on terrorist scum!

3 posted on 12/14/2003 9:40:48 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Bad spellers of the world untie!!)
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To: SJackson
"When asked what he thought about the capture of Saddam by US troops, Yasser Arrafat stuck his fingers in his ears, clenched his eyes shut and jumped up and down yelling , "I can't hear you! i can't hear you! La la la! "

Tia

4 posted on 12/14/2003 9:44:41 AM PST by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: SJackson
Why oh why aren't the Palestinian's given the War that they so ardently desire? Peace ISIN'T the absence of war, rather it's what results AFTER war.

The Palestinians have so debased themselves with Hate for so long that they couldn't possibly win a war, they would be wiped out, and we could all get on with our lives and hear no more of their DAMNED whining.
5 posted on 12/14/2003 9:45:30 AM PST by TalBlack ("Tal, no song means anything without someone else...")
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To: SJackson
There are no American infidels who have captured Saddam.
6 posted on 12/14/2003 9:46:00 AM PST by squidly
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To: SJackson
Arab language media reacted quickly, though sometimes in a somewhat stunned fashion, to American reports that U.S. forces had captured former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein ...

No more stunned than NBC's Tom Brokaw ... to say he was glum would be an understatement. Andrea Mitchell reported in from Washington and all she could talk about was the fact they haven't found any WMD in Iraq.

7 posted on 12/14/2003 9:46:21 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: SJackson
"Throngs of Iraqi people have rushed to the streets, and there are signs of joyful shooting in the air inside the Iraqi capital"

This was followed by joyful shootings of Baathists and Fedayeen.

8 posted on 12/14/2003 9:47:41 AM PST by Enterprise
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To: SJackson

Glorious leader Saddam has NOT been captured! It is all a trick by the evil Zionists and accursed Americans! That is GABBY HAYES you see, not our glorious leader Saddam!

9 posted on 12/14/2003 9:48:02 AM PST by Alouette (Personne me plumerá)
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To: SJackson
BTW, has anyone seen the hideous Yassar on the tube lately? I haven't, and we know the dude is in bad health.

One freeper commented a while back (over reports of Yassar's very poor health), the the PLO will be doing a "weekend at Yassar's" type thing if the guy dies.
10 posted on 12/14/2003 9:50:53 AM PST by Lanza
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To: TalBlack
......Peace ISIN'T the absence of war, rather it's what results AFTER war........

This needs to be stated every day. Peace is the interlude. Peace in an anomaly.

Among humans, war is the status quo. To believe otherwise is to invite your own death.
11 posted on 12/14/2003 9:51:35 AM PST by bert (Have you offended a liberal today?)
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To: bert
Well said, Bert.
12 posted on 12/14/2003 9:54:00 AM PST by Libertina (FReepers of a feather flock together...isn't life great?)
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To: BluH2o
No more stunned than NBC's Tom Brokaw ... to say he was glum would be an understatement. Andrea Mitchell reported in from Washington and all she could talk about was the fact they haven't found any WMD in Iraq.

I watched Dan Rather. He truly seemed bothered, down and irritated. Then I turned to the Fox News reporter (Jim Angle?), who had an almost mirthful smirk on his face. Priceless!!

13 posted on 12/14/2003 9:54:36 AM PST by Teacher317
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To: Lanza
Maybe this Holiday season will see Osama, Castro, AND Yasser in their final days... please Santa??
14 posted on 12/14/2003 9:55:50 AM PST by Teacher317
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To: SJackson
The Palestinian broadcasts, which featured the news as the fourth news item, made no mention of Iraqi crowds celebrating the capture of Saddam, a big supporter of Arafat and a financial supporter of Palestinian "martyrs" who have blown themselves up attacking Israelis.

You know, a few days ago, a similar story was playing out on our own media:

The American broadcasts made no mention of Iraqi crowds numbering in the thousands marching against terrorism...

15 posted on 12/14/2003 9:56:24 AM PST by Joe Bonforte
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To: Teacher317
I hope the Saddamites see these pictures of our troops with a Christmas tree in his palace, watching his capture on TV.


16 posted on 12/14/2003 9:57:37 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Teacher317
Saw Dan this morning. He really did seem down. He was talking about how they had "literally man-handled Saddam".
17 posted on 12/14/2003 9:57:52 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: SJackson
What was the Syrian reaction?
18 posted on 12/14/2003 9:58:28 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: SJackson
HO HO HO!!!............Thanks GWB for a Great gift. American Cowboy gets his man, "dead or alive"


19 posted on 12/14/2003 9:58:32 AM PST by Helms (Liberalism is a faux compassion that condescends at best and subjugates at worse)
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To: SJackson
Almost two months ago, I wrote a column entitled, "General Washington, Major Andre and Der Fuhrer Adolf Hilter -- Lessons for Iraq." Among the points it made was that seven months passed in Germany after the end of the war, before the United States was able to establish to the certainty of even the German diehards, that Hitler was dead.

Until that point, General Eisenhower was under a standing order "to capture Hitler alive," and a majority of the German people still believed that Hitler was alive and leading the resistance.

Here is a link to that article on FreeRepublic.

The important point is that IT TOOK LESS TIME TO CAPTURE SADDAM THAN TO CONFIRM THE DEATH OF HITLER. Even now, as this capture is being reported, no one in the American press is drawing the valid historical parallel between the occupation of Germany, 1945-46, and the occupation of Iraq, 2003-04.

I haven't heard many comments by Democrat "leaders" on this subject, but I am certain that Li'l Tommy Daschle is "deeply saddened" by the news. The American press, having seldom cracked a history book, is merely surprised.

Congressman Billybob

Click here for discussion thread on latest column, "In Praise of Bigotry."

20 posted on 12/14/2003 9:59:56 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com Visit. Join. Help. Please.)
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To: SJackson
Wondering about the collective stupidity of the arab world, I mean these clowns dont have two brain cells to rub together the way they act and carry on.....LOL
21 posted on 12/14/2003 10:01:41 AM PST by aspiring.hillbilly
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To: Teacher317
I've been having a wonderful morning flicking back and forth among all the dim networks CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS - most of them look like someone close to them just died ...
Must not gloat ... Must not gloat ... 'tis a sad day for the dims - very depressing over at DU! ;-)
22 posted on 12/14/2003 10:01:42 AM PST by Tunehead54 (Support Our Troops!)
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To: SJackson
" WHILE PALESTINIANS TRY TO AVOID THE NEWS.... "

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!
23 posted on 12/14/2003 10:01:44 AM PST by traumer (Even paranoids have enemies)
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To: bert
......Peace ISIN'T the absence of war, rather it's what results AFTER war........

This needs to be stated every day. Peace is the interlude. Peace in an anomaly.

Among humans, war is the status quo. To believe otherwise is to invite your own death.


Man, I hear that!
24 posted on 12/14/2003 10:02:40 AM PST by TalBlack ("Tal, no song means anything without someone else...")
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To: SJackson
STUNNED ARAB MEDIA REPORT SADDAM'S ARREST, WHILE PALESTINIANS TRY TO AVOID THE NEWS

Where's Baghdad Bob when you need him?
25 posted on 12/14/2003 10:02:54 AM PST by VOA
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To: beaversmom
I saw a bit of Dan Rat this morning too. He looked old, tired, grey and fat.
26 posted on 12/14/2003 10:03:05 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: SJackson
WHILE PALESTINIANS TRY TO AVOID THE NEWS

La la la la we can't hear you la la la

27 posted on 12/14/2003 10:03:55 AM PST by steveo
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity; SJackson; yonif; Simcha7; American in Israel; spectacularbid2003; ...
"How does it feel, suckers?!?! The noose is ever-tightening on terrorist scum!"

Stamping out terrorism the right way!!



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28 posted on 12/14/2003 10:03:56 AM PST by Salem (FREE REPUBLIC - Fighting to win within the Arena of the War of Ideas! So get in the fight!)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
The Arabs in general, and the Palestineans in particular, are the most significant case of national denial in modern history.
29 posted on 12/14/2003 10:04:04 AM PST by XEHRpa
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To: Teacher317
Yeah...I saw Dan too. At first I thought he was reporting the death of his old dog...
30 posted on 12/14/2003 10:04:35 AM PST by gr8eman
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To: SJackson
Wondering about the collective stupidity of the arab world, I mean these clowns dont have two brain cells to rub together the way they act and carry on.....LOL
31 posted on 12/14/2003 10:04:46 AM PST by aspiring.hillbilly
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To: SJackson
a big supporter of Arafat and a financial supporter of Palestinian "martyrs" who have blown themselves up

It amazes me that Saddam did not use his gun to become a "martyr"... one shot to an American soldier, one to his head. Then I realized... 72 virgins are ok for your average fallaheen, not for the new Nebucchadnezzer. He was probably trying to make a deal for 72,000!

33 posted on 12/14/2003 10:06:07 AM PST by Former Fetus (aren't we all?)
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To: Alouette
LOL!!LOL!!
34 posted on 12/14/2003 10:06:19 AM PST by Salem (FREE REPUBLIC - Fighting to win within the Arena of the War of Ideas! So get in the fight!)
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To: squidly

"There are no American infidels in Baghdad. None! Not one!
Never! They are all very religious!"
35 posted on 12/14/2003 10:06:20 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: Helms
Dubya did what his father should have done years ago. They thought Americans and Brits were spineless.
36 posted on 12/14/2003 10:09:23 AM PST by cyborg (far right extremist american...........)
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To: SJackson
Conspicuously missing is the pali woman with the long noisy tongue that's gone where everyone else has gone before.
37 posted on 12/14/2003 10:10:44 AM PST by lilylangtree
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To: aspiring.hillbilly
BTW, has anyone seen the hideous Yassar on the tube lately?,/b>

Has anyone seen his groupy Hillary lately? She has been kinda quiet today.

38 posted on 12/14/2003 10:10:56 AM PST by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: Former Fetus
Switching between Fox and MSNBC. When introducing the correspondent in Iraq, the MSNBC anchor said "Great day for the ADMINISTRATION........great day for the Iraqi PEOPLE. The correspondent added the US.
39 posted on 12/14/2003 10:11:11 AM PST by breakem
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To: Congressman Billybob
The most fun was watching them check him for lice. Priceless!
40 posted on 12/14/2003 10:11:16 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: SJackson
HOP fearlessly predicts :

The Arabs will accept the fact of Saddam's capture with more grace than the Democratic Presidential candidates!
41 posted on 12/14/2003 10:14:44 AM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: breakem
It was Chris Matthews who corrected him.
42 posted on 12/14/2003 10:17:27 AM PST by breakem
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To: cyborg
Interesting how Hillary Clinton said last week that Saddam needed to be brought in. GWB's timing has been awesome and
scary for the Dem.s. It is a great day for the Good Guys.
43 posted on 12/14/2003 10:20:18 AM PST by Helms (Liberalism is a faux compassion that condescends at best and subjugates at worse)
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To: SJackson
Similar reports were carried by Al-Jazeera satellite television, which broadcast its news along with biographical sketches of Saddam Hussein and his family.

Be still my heart. I can't believe Al-Jazeers would actually run the story.

44 posted on 12/14/2003 10:21:53 AM PST by NRA2BFree (Without a doubt, our own government is the biggest enemy we have!!!!)
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To: Helms
I wonder what the dems are going to do now? they can't call him a miserable failure.
45 posted on 12/14/2003 10:21:59 AM PST by cyborg (far right extremist american...........)
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To: Paladin2
"What was the Syrian reaction?"

Like Tom Daschle, they are deeply saddened.

46 posted on 12/14/2003 10:26:14 AM PST by jocon307 (The dems don't get it, the American people do!)
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47 posted on 12/14/2003 10:27:22 AM PST by ChadGore (No blood for ratings! This means YOU AOL-Time-Warner-Turner-CNN)
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To: BluH2o
all she could talk about was the fact they haven't found any WMD in Iraq.

Excuse me, but in my book Hussein and Bin Laden and yes, Arafat, are all WMD in their own right.
48 posted on 12/14/2003 10:28:03 AM PST by DesertDreamer (A wise man's heart inclines him toward the right, but a fool's heart toward the left. --Ecc 10:2 RSV)
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To: SJackson
Gotta admit I was pretty stunned myself! For once I did want to turn on the news, where I usually avoid it these days!

"We will hunt you down!"
Matters not what rat hole you hide in!

Great day!!!
49 posted on 12/14/2003 10:31:01 AM PST by ladyinred (If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door!)
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To: beaversmom
He was talking about how they had "literally man-handled Saddam".

Oh geez, really? He should be happy they didn't put his pal through a plastic shredder.

50 posted on 12/14/2003 10:37:16 AM PST by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
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