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Seeing pictures of Saddam being beaten with shoes, Yemenis change attitude
Kuwait News Agency ^ | April 11, 2003 | Yahia Al-Haddi

Posted on 04/11/2003 8:17:19 PM PDT by HAL9000

SANAA, April 11 (KUNA) -- Some Yemenis who had sentiments of admiration for the deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, now have different feelings toward the man, whose statues were downed and his posters were beaten with shoes in public places in the Iraqi war-stricken capital Baghdad.

Saeed Abdullah, 40, who manages a popular cafe in the heart of the Yemeni capital, said the sudden disappearance of Saddam has become the main topic of daily debates among his customers, and protested that these discussions often heat up and turn into quarrels.

Hamdi Ahmad, a government employee, said, "our sentiments toward him turned into hatred after we saw the Iraqis smashing his posters and statues in Baghdad .. Now we realise that the Iraqis know him better than us."

Tewfic Al-Sabri, 25, a student, said the shift in the public feelings toward Saddam was normal and expected. Saddam, he added, had become popular in Yemen when he had vowed to liberate Palestine and fought Iran. "But it was established that his war on Iran was senselss and pledges were mere empty slogans."

A university professsor, who asked not to mention his name, affirmed that the pictures, broadcast live by television satellite stations worldwide on Wednesday of Iraqis smashing the pictures and statues of Saddam changed the Yemenis' sentiments of admiration toward the man to feelings of hatrede.

[?]urs being glued in front of the television, listening to flat lies of Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Al-Sahaf, pledging victory and cursing the coalition forces.

"I was not aware of the fact that the Iraqi people were yearning to get rid of the tyrrant," he said.

Ahmad Al-Wasabi, who runs a store for electronic appliances, has just removed a large photo of Saddam that had decorated his shop. "I no longer view such a dictator with admiration ... We have been baffled and I believe that he is the cause of the crises in the region."

Naef Hassan, political editor of the opposition newspaper, Al-Wadawi, said the general sentiments toward the deposed regime was being transformed in the country as a result of the lies made by the leaders of this defunct regime.

"Many people in Yemen changed their attitude toward Saddam's regime after seeing photos of the man being beaten with shoes on streets of Baghdad." Fathi Abul Nasr, a poet, said he was pleased with the downfall of the regime of Saddam. "The educated elite hates Saddam .. no poet in the world loves Saddam .. poets can't stand dictators."

Abul Nasr said he received e-mails from an Iraqi friend, who has been living in London since nine years ago because Saddam executed many members of her family. She recalled hearing groaning voices of inmates at pain while visiting her imprisoned father, brothers and relatives at an Iraqi prison. Nabil Sabaa, a well-known writer, said the fall of Saddam symbolizes end of Arab leaders known of empty rhetoric and slogans. "Any leader like Saddam will evaporate and forgotten." (end)



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1 posted on 04/11/2003 8:17:19 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000
I think we would do well to send a huge batch of shoes to the Middle East.
2 posted on 04/11/2003 8:20:32 PM PDT by T'wit
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To: HAL9000
The truth always wins eventually.
3 posted on 04/11/2003 8:21:16 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: HAL9000
I would hate to be so extreme as to say that maybe there are a few rays of hope out there. But maybe there are. A few, anyway. Have to start somewhere. Also, to be honest, I underestimated the staunchness of the Kuwaitis on this one. I lived there for several years right after the Gulf War, when they treated all Americans like heroes, but support held up throughout this war -- the polls I saw showed something like 89 percent approval. That's even better than here.
4 posted on 04/11/2003 8:21:42 PM PDT by speedy
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To: HAL9000
Truly Amazing. Have these people - including their "university professors" been living UNDER A ROCK or a pile of sand somewhere??????
5 posted on 04/11/2003 8:21:52 PM PDT by JustTheTruth
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6 posted on 04/11/2003 8:21:54 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: HAL9000
"The educated elite hates Saddam .. no poet in the world loves Saddam .. poets can't stand dictators."

Why does EVERY story the media publishes have a quote that is so laughable.

7 posted on 04/11/2003 8:22:13 PM PDT by Naspino
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To: HAL9000
pledges were mere empty slogans."

This, coming from an Arab? Impossible!!

8 posted on 04/11/2003 8:22:43 PM PDT by Guillermo (Sic 'em!)
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To: HAL9000
Good post. Thanks.
9 posted on 04/11/2003 8:22:54 PM PDT by Theresa
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To: HAL9000
Many wise things could be told to the Yemenis.

The only thing that comes to mind is, however

plainly..........

DUUUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10 posted on 04/11/2003 8:22:58 PM PDT by aristotleman
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To: HAL9000
"A university professsor, who asked not to mention his name, affirmed that the pictures, broadcast live by television satellite stations worldwide on Wednesday of Iraqis smashing the pictures and statues of Saddam changed the Yemenis' sentiments of admiration toward the man to feelings of hatrede. "
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Great news! Thanks for posting it.

I figured that this victory will do more to change the mind of the "Arab street" than any of the namby-pamby things the appeasers were advocating for us to do.

Now the entire Arab world can see that the US LIBERATED the oppressed Iraqi people from a hated and feared dictator.
11 posted on 04/11/2003 8:23:33 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: JustTheTruth
I'll play devil's advocate. I've been think if Canada and France invade the United States -- don't you think the liberals would pour into the streets burning pictures of Bush and the American Flag. Free from democracy once and for all -- all hail socialism! Yada yada.
12 posted on 04/11/2003 8:23:54 PM PDT by Naspino
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To: HAL9000; All

13 posted on 04/11/2003 8:24:47 PM PDT by dighton
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To: JustTheTruth
Truly Amazing. Have these people - including their "university professors" been living UNDER A ROCK or a pile of sand somewhere??????

Nah. I heard that they just get the NY Times and CNN in Yemen. Their reaction is understandable...'Who knew?'

14 posted on 04/11/2003 8:26:17 PM PDT by El Cid
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To: Naspino
I wish, I really, really wish.
15 posted on 04/11/2003 8:26:54 PM PDT by ScholarWarrior
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To: HAL9000
Vote with your shoes.

What was Khruschev thinking of, anyway?
16 posted on 04/11/2003 8:28:45 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: T'wit
Just think, we could have sent Imelda Marcos over there 15 years ago and have been rid of two regimes all at once.
17 posted on 04/11/2003 8:28:47 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (California wine beats French wine in blind taste tests. Boycott French wine.)
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To: JustTheTruth
Have these people - including their "university professors" been living UNDER A ROCK or a pile of sand somewhere??????

No, just under regimes who tell the citizenry what they want the citizenry to hear. Propaganda fed them in the Mosques along with their prayers.

USA and Israel are the great Satans, doncha know.

18 posted on 04/11/2003 8:29:11 PM PDT by ETERNAL WARMING
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To: JustTheTruth
I heard an interesting observation from a contributor to FOX news. Sorry, I did not catch his name.

He said that people in the middle east who can travel, do not travel to each other's countries. Thus, they really are uneducated about their neignbors.
19 posted on 04/11/2003 8:29:25 PM PDT by Conservababe (I calls it like I sees it.)
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To: HAL9000
"The educated elite hates Saddam

what a difference 8000 miles makes.
20 posted on 04/11/2003 8:29:59 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: JustTheTruth
"Have these people - including their "university professors" been living UNDER A ROCK or a pile of sand somewhere?????? "
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This is what happens in totalitarian regime. People only hear what their government wants to hear.
21 posted on 04/11/2003 8:30:20 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: JustTheTruth
I heard an interesting observation from a contributor to FOX news. Sorry, I did not catch his name.

He said that people in the middle east who can travel, do not travel to each other's countries. Thus, they really are uneducated about their neighbors.
22 posted on 04/11/2003 8:30:59 PM PDT by Conservababe (I calls it like I sees it.)
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To: dighton
Gotta love those guys with the sledgehammers!
23 posted on 04/11/2003 8:31:18 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: All

“Smiling citizens crowded every street around the American positions. There was a constant stream of people willing to give information and loudly condemn Saddam. American soldiers who a day before had been in close combat were now basking in the cheers and applause, their arms tired from returning friendly waves.”
Time, 4-14-03

“There were women and children in the crowds, but only the men did any talking. They would say the word Saddam and spit. Or run up to U.S. soldiers and shout 'George Bush good.'”
Time, 4-14-03

“The American people, particularly the movie stars against us being here, need to see this. These people need us. Look how happy they are.”
Sergeant Reuben Rivera in Iraq, Time, 4-14-03

“I now feel very free; I know that I'll be able to sleep now. Saddam Hussein assassinated my brother in 1977 – he was hanged in prison for insulting the president. It was August 5, 1977, and since then my family has been punished by the security services. Saddam's Iraq was a dictatorship of torture, war and terror. So today is the first day I can speak.”
Salim Jaffar, Sydney Morning Herald, 4-11-03

"Over the years, the Baath Party has urged family members to write pro-Saddam slogans such as ‘Yes, Yes, to the leader Saddam Hussein!’ on the walls of their house. The family balked, prompting the local Baath Party officials to paint the slogans themselves. This week, one of the first steps the family took was to scrape the slogans off.”
Los Angeles Times, 4-11-03

“There was no justice under Saddam. He could do with us what he liked. The regime robbed the people."
Akkbal Abdulwahab, a teacher, Financial Times, 4-11-03

“We are still scared but we are happy. Thank God this has happened and the Americans have come. Saddam gave us nothing.
Maysoun Raheem, The Advertiser, 4-11-03

“As long as (Saddam) is gone, who cares if he is dead or in Paris?”
An elderly man in Iraq, The Advertiser, 4-11-03

“Iraqis watched with an amazement they dared not express before Wednesday's tumultuous collapse, as the dictator's aura of power faded to something akin to that of a petty thief on the run. It was as though they had awakened from a long, troubling sleep.”
The Age (Melbourne), 4-11-03

“We don't consider the presence of American soldiers as an occupation. They came to free us from injustice, tyranny and slavery. Under Saddam Hussein, our lives had no value, no sense.”
Diya Abdul Hussein, Agence France Presse, 4-11-03

“If the Americans are restoring our liberty they are welcome, and if they respect our dignity they can stay as long as they choose.”
Agence France Presse, 4-11-03

“We are one again. Finally, we are one. I am 50 years old, but my life just started today.”
Kareem Mohammad Kareem, Associated Press, 4-11-03

“We've been up all night watching TV, but we're not tired. We're too excited to sleep. I wanted them (his daughters) to see this historic day. This is the day of our freedom.”
Ali Il-Sayad of Dearborn, Mich., The Australian, 4-11-03

“This is a moment I was looking for all these years; it's like a dream coming true.”
Ridha Jawad Taki, Orlando Sentinel, 4-10-03

“I'm from Halabja," said Kafya Aziz, watching as a crowd swelled in Governor's Square. “I escaped the chemicals, but my son and husband did not. I'd like to cut Saddam to pieces for all he's taken. I'm happy today. I'm too old, or I'd be dancing.”
Los Angeles Times, 4-10-03

“Firecrackers popped. Women wearing bright dresses and new lipstick walked arm in arm on the sidewalks as children, some sitting in the laps of their cigar-smoking fathers, smiled amid a joy they were too young to comprehend.”
Los Angeles Times, 4-10-03

“I'm so glad for victory. We've suffered much. As you see, I am not normal. I was in Saddam's prison, and then they forced me to fight on the front lines of the Iran-Iraq war. I was shot in the spine and cannot walk. This is the first day of my happiness.”
Taha Hamma Mamrashid, Los Angeles Times, 4-10-03

“We have just been saved. You know what this day means to me? It means never having to be afraid of another chemical attack. It means never having to fear my children's future.”
Halala Osman, Wall Street Journal, 4-10-03

“Now my son can have a chance in life.”
Bushra Abed, Washington Times, 4-10-03

“I saw it with my own eyes. People in Baghdad were dancing in the streets and burning Saddam's pictures and no one was firing at them. That was proof to me that Saddam is over.”
Taher Hassan, Sulaimaniyeh shopkeeper, Wall Street Journal, 4-10-03

“Today is a clear lesson for dictatorships in the Arab world. I think they should start looking for ways to change their people's lives.”
Mohammed al-Jassim, editor of Kuwaiti newspaper al-Watan, Washington Times, 4-10-03

“We discovered that all what the information minister was saying was all lies. Now no one believes Al Jazeera anymore.
Ali Hassan, Associated Press, 4-10-03

“Today, though, Adnan was a happy man, so happy that he could barely restrain his excitement. He was finally freed from a prison in downtown Basra, after British troops entered the city and drove the remaining defenders away. And as he took a small group of American journalists on a tour of the hospital, he enthusiastically led a crowd of fellow ex-prisoners, their families, friends and passersby in the first rendition of a pro-American chant that any of us have so far heard: ‘Nam nam Bush , Sad-Dam No’ (‘Yes, yes, Bush, Saddam No’). They chanted and danced, filling one of their former cells in a spontaneous celebration.”
Newsweek, 4-10-03

“It's like a birthday. We're ready to make a new Iraq.”
Ibrahim Al-Mansori, a 31-year-old butcher from Basra, New York Times, 4-10-03

“We have waited many years for this. Saddam is evil and he has gone. He killed Muslims, his own people and stole our money to buy palaces and cars and guns. He must pay the full price.”
Abal Malam Al Fussah, a student in Basra, The Sun, 4-10-03

“Man, I am very excited, every Iraqi person is very happy. We feel like we are reborn again. No more Saddam regime, no more of the Ba'ath Party. We are very happy, now we have got earth to go back to. We love America and we love Iraq too. This is like heaven for me right now.”
An Iraqi American, Channel NewsAsia, 4-10-03

“People, if you only knew what this man did to Iraq. He killed our youth. He killed millions.”
An elderly man in Baghdad beating Saddam’s portrait with his shoe, Los Angeles Times, 4-10-03

“As night fell, residents throughout Baghdad exuberantly embraced a new sense of freedom after decades lived in fear of an oppressive regime. While U.S. troops and tanks moved throughout the city, the citizens of Baghdad danced in the streets, waving rifles, palm fronds and flags. Shouts of traitor, torturer and dictator rang out in reference to the Iraqi president.”
USA Today, 4-10-03

“It was dangerous, it was impossible, to say, ‘Down with Saddam.’ But we have lived 35 years with the Baath Party. Today I am very free and I can talk. And I say, Thank you, Mr. Bush.”
Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2003

“I haven't seen such exhilarating scenes since the implosion of the Soviet empire in the late 1980s. What we have witnessed is something that the Iraqi people wanted the world to know, and that is they are glad to be rid of the loathsome dictator, Saddam Hussein.”
Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Agence France Presse, 4-10-03

"In the most visible sign of Saddam's evaporating power, the 40-foot statue of the Iraqi president was brought down in the middle of Firdos Square. Cheering Iraqis, some waving the national flag, scaled the statue and danced upon the downed icon, now lying face down. As it fell, some threw shoes and slippers at the statue....'I'm 49, but I never lived a single day,' said Yusuf Abed Kazim, a Baghdad imam who pounded the statue's pedestal with a sledgehammer. 'Only now will I start living. That Saddam Hussein is a murderer and a criminal.'"
Washington Post online, 4-9-03

“It confirms why we're here. This regime, all it does is honor itself. They build these huge lavish living quarters for the select few, but the rest of the country lives dirt-poor.”
Lt. Col. Rock Marcone, USA Today, 4-8-03

“The unit's interpreter, Khuder al-Emiri, is a local hero, a guerrilla leader who was forced to flee… in April 1991 after leading a failed uprising against Saddam Hussein. Word of Mr. Emiri's arrival spread through town by way of children's feet. Their hero was with the Americans and the crowd believed the marines' intentions were good. They began to chant in English. 'Stay! Stay! U.S.A.!'”
New York Times, 4-8-03

“The euphoria nearly spilled over into a riot. Children pulled at the marines, jumped on their trucks, wanting to shake their hands, touch their cheeks. A single chicken hung in the butcher's window and still the residents wanted to give the Americans something, anything. Cigarette? Money?”
New York Times, 4-8-03

“You are owed a favor from the Iraqis. We dedicate our loyalty to the Americans and the British. We are friends."
Iraqi Ibrahim Shouqyk to Marines, New York Times, 4-8-03

“For years we have lived oppressed lives here. Sunday was a day we had prayed for and now we are free of Saddam’s rule.”
Qusay Rawah, a student in Basra, Daily Mirror, 4-8-03

“The whole Iraq will be happy if the news about Saddam’s death is confirmed.”
Hussein Al-Rekabi, Iraqi exile of 30 years now in Kuwait, Arab News, 4-8-03

“For some, it was a day to hand flowers to British soldiers stationed in armored vehicles at a traffic circle or to gawk at British troops patrolling the city on foot beside their armored vehicles. For others, it was a day to vent rage at icons of the former authority.”
Washington Post, 4-8-03

"The reception that we received by the Iraqis have been mainly positive. Many children have come up to me wanting to hold my hand. Many of the British troops have been kissed by the children as they’ve gone by. Now, a few people have motioned to go back or to leave but they’re certainly in the minority."
Travis Fox, washingtonpost.com, 4-7-03

“The Marines here are still concerned some Iraqi fighters remain. ‘Keep away from the area,’ scream the loud speakers in Arabic. ‘It is for your security. The coalition forces will not hesitate to shoot you.’ But hundreds ignored that, surging forward to greet the Marines with an emotional celebration in this predominantly Shia Muslim town.”
CNN Correspondent Bob Franken, 4-7-03

"The closer the marines got to Baghdad, the warmer their reception. Troops soon encountered cheering crowds, with some people giving the thumbs-up sign. ‘You go to Baghdad, and then I am free,’ an Iraqi man told one soldier."
U.S. News and World Report, 4-14-03

"We shall never forget what the coalition has done for our people. A free Iraq shall be a living monument to our people's friendship with its liberators."
Hojat al-Islam Abdel Majid al-Khoi, Wall Street Journal, 4-7-03

"’Ameericaah?’ a little girl asked a Marine who had entered her village and taken a defensive position as others began to search homes. The streets were deserted. People peered around their gates. The Marine smiled, wiggled his fingers in the girl's direction and her fear – and that of the rest of the townspeople – melted. Within minutes people had left their houses and began to shake hands with the Marines. Liberation from the strictures of the regime of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had come for a nameless village just a few miles from downtown Baghdad.”
United Press International, 4-7-03

“When some (Iraqi paramilitaries) fled, civilians from the nearby Shia Flats slum poured onto the streets in support of the British attack. Some shouted and cheered, greeting the British soldiers with waves, thumbs up and smiles. Other surrounded and attacked the fleeing Fedayeen Saddam forces.”
Washington Times, 4-7-03

“Believers (should) not to hinder the forces of liberation, and help bring this war against the tyrant to a successful end for the Iraqi people…. Our people need freedom more than air (to breathe). Iraq has suffered, and it deserves better government."
Ayatollah Ali Mohammed Sistani, Wall Street Journal, 4-7-03

“The cool, cement walls were welcome relief from the blistering afternoon heat. The colonel walked across a worn rug and sat at the far end of the room, next to the community patriarch, an old man who stayed mostly silent. The patriarch's eldest son, 63-year-old Said Brahim, served as ambassador. ‘We are so happy to see the Americans forces,’ Mr. Brahim told a Marine translator.”
Detroit News, 4-7-03

“Hundreds of people poured out to welcome and shake hands with the soldiers. Women in chadors hovered in the background, as soldiers talked and joked with civilians and let some boys look through their gunsights. A jubilant crowd of about 100 Iraqis surrounded two British tanks near a Saddam mural and cheered the soldiers inside, giving one soldier a small bunch of yellow flowers.”
Associated Press, 4-7-03

"Ayatollah Ali Mohammed Sistani is...the undisputed A'alam al-ulema (the most learned of the learned) of the mullahs who minister to the religious needs of Shiites, 60 percent of Iraq's population. This week he will resume lectures, banned by the Saddam regime for seven years, at the oldest Shiite seminary.

"....[T]he ayatollah said he had advised 'believers not to hinder the forces of liberation, and help bring this war against the tyrant to a successful end for the Iraqi people....Our people need freedom more than air [to breath]. Iraq has suffered, and it deserves better government.'"
Op-Ed by Amir Taheri, Wall Street Journal, 4-7-03

"As dusk fell yesterday evening, only a small girl dressed in rags could be seen on the streets of Jazirah al-Hari. She approached a [British] tank standing guard at one end of the village, and said: 'My parents will not come, but we need water.' The tank driver leant down and gave her a bottle of water. 'This is why we've come, isn't it?' he said."
The Daily Telegraph (UK), 4-1-03

"U.S. troops [are] getting a very warm welcome from the local Shia population. Now naturally, the Shiites...have no love lost for the Iraqi leader President Saddam Hussein. They have been very repressed by him in the past. And obviously...what they believe to be a continuous presence that they can count on, interest from the U.S. troops is something that they are quite happy to see."
Ryan Chilcote, CNN correspondent, 4-2-03

"Hundreds of Iraqis shouting 'Welcome to Iraq' greeted U.S. Marines who entered the town of Shatra....'There's no problem here. We are happy to see Americans,' one young man shouted. The welcome was a tonic for soldiers who have not always received a warm reception despite the confidence of U.S. and British leaders that the Iraqi people were waiting to be freed from Saddam Hussein's repression. 'It's not every day you get to liberate people,' said one delighted Marine."
The Independent (UK), 4-1-03

"'Saddam has given us nothing, only suffering,' said Khalid Juwad, with his cousin, Raad, nodding in assent. Mr. Juwad said he had four uncles who were in Hussein's jails, and he said he had deserted from the Iraqi Army three times in recent years. 'If the Americans want to get rid of Saddam, that's O.K. with me,' he said. 'The only thing that would bother me is if they don't finish the job. Then Saddam will come back, like he did in 1991.'"
New York Times, 3-31-03

"We've been waiting for you for 10 years. What took you so long?’ said an Iraqi man who, along with more than 500 others, surrendered near the Rumaila oil fields. Many had written such phrases as ‘U.S.A. O.K.’ on their arms or hands. Some even tried to kiss the hands of the nervous young Marines guarding them.”
Newsday, 3-24-03

“Ajami Saadoun Khlis, whose son and brother were executed under the Saddam regime, sobbed like a child on the shoulder of the Guardian’s Egyptian translator. He mopped the tears but they kept coming. ‘You just arrived,’ he said. ‘You're late. What took you so long? God help you become victorious. I want to say hello to Bush, to shake his hand. We came out of the grave.’”
The Guardian, 3-22-03

“As Iraqi Americans reach out to their relatives in Baghdad and Basra, in Kirkuk and Irbil, some are hearing words they never thought possible: Iraqis are speaking ill of Saddam Hussein. They're criticizing him out loud, on the telephone, seemingly undeterred by fear of the Iraqi intelligence service and its tactics of torture for those disloyal to the Baath Party regime. ‘I was shocked,’ said Zainab Al-Suwaij, executive director of the American Islamic Congress, a nonprofit group in Cambridge, Mass., that promotes interfaith and interethnic understanding. ‘It's very dangerous. All the phones are tapped. But they are so excited.’”
Los Angeles Times, 3-24-03

“’Me and my husband, an old man, have to stay at home because we are afraid. We want the American government to remove Saddam Hussein from power and kick these soldiers out of these hills.’”
Fatma Omar, San Francisco Chronicle, 3-24-03

“‘We're very happy. Saddam Hussein is no good. Saddam Hussein a butcher.’”
Abdullah (only identification available), as he welcomed U.S. troops in Iraq
Associated Press, 3-21-03

“I have been waiting for this for 13 years. I hate him more than American government because I told you the Iraq government killed many people from Iraq. They just put (my brother) in jail for a year. After this, they killed him because he don't want to go to the army because his brother is American citizen, and his brother lives in United State.”
Ayid Alsultani, WFIE-14 television station in Evansville, Indiana, 3-24-03

“‘(The trip) had shocked me back to reality.’ (Some Iraqis) told me they would commit suicide if American bombing didn't start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam's bloody tyranny. They convinced me that Saddam was a monster the likes of which the world had not seen since Stalin and Hitler. He and his sons are sick sadists. Their tales of slow torture and killing made me ill, such as people put in a huge shredder for plastic products, feet first so they could hear their screams as bodies got chewed up from foot to head.”
Kenneth Joseph, anti-war demonstrator who traveled to Iraq with Japanese human shield volunteers, UPI, 3-21-03

“I was shocked when I first met a pro-war Iraqi in Baghdad - a taxi driver taking me back to my hotel late at night. ‘Don't you listen to Powell on Voice of America radio?’ he said. ‘Of course the Americans don't want to bomb civilians. They want to bomb government and Saddam's palaces. We want America to bomb Saddam.’ … The driver's most emphatic statement was: ‘All Iraqi people want this war.’… Perhaps the most crushing thing we learned was that most ordinary Iraqis thought Saddam Hussein had paid us to come to protest in Iraq. Although we explained that this was categorically not the case, I don't think he believed us. Later he asked me: ‘Really, how much did Saddam pay you to come?’” Daniel Pepper in an article “I was a naive fool to be a human shield for Saddam,”
Sunday Telegraph, 3-23-2003

“As US forces push deep into Iraq, farmers and remote villagers are greeting them with white flags and waves. But the ground forces, backed by massive artillery and air support, are encountering pockets of resistance from Iraq's military. One man, about 30, yesterday ran from a field towards a US convoy shouting insults about Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Other men and boys stood in fields waving white flags. In keeping with the local Muslim custom, no girls or women appeared from their houses.”
Lindsay Murdoch in southern Iraq, The Sun-Herald, 3-23-2003

“….The return of the Americans to Safwan was also an occasion for hope, even if mixed with wariness. ‘Saddam finished!’ shouted another young [Iraqi] man, who gave his name as Fares. ‘Americans are here now.’ His friend, Shebah, added, in broken English, ‘Saddam killed people.’”
Washington Post, 3-23-03

“Coming into Basra as part of a massive military convoy, I encountered a stream of young men, dressed in what appeared to be Iraqi army uniforms, applauding the US marines as they swept past in tanks.”
BBC reporter, 3-22-03

"Ajami Saadoun Khlis, whose son and brother were executed under the Saddam regime, sobbed like a child on the shoulder of the Guardian's Egyptian translator. He mopped the tears but they kept coming. 'You just arrived,' he said. 'You're late. What took you so long? God help you become victorious. I want to say hello to Bush, to shake his hand. We came out of the grave.'"
The Guadian, 3-22-03

“As hundreds of coalition troops swept in just after dawn, the heartache of a town that felt the hardest edges of Saddam Hussein's rule seemed to burst forth, with villagers running into the streets to celebrate in a kind of grim ecstasy, laughing and weeping in long guttural cries.

“‘Oooooo, peace be upon you, peace be upon you, peace you, oooooo,’ Zahra Khafi, a 68-year-old mother of five, cried to a group of American and British visitors who came to the town shortly after Mr. Hussein's army appeared to melt away. ‘I'm not afraid of Saddam anymore.’”
New York Times, 3-22-03

"We've been driving since dawn today in southern Iraq, and so far we've come across scores of Bedouin herdsmen. We've been greeted by friendly greetings of ‘inshallah’ and ‘salaam aleikum’…we've seen both women and men waving greetings and shouting greeting to the U.S. troops.”
Radio Free Europe correspondent Ron Synovitz, 3-21-03

"They told me that Saddam Hussein is not allowing anyone to leave Baghdad. I don't fear the Americans. I was in Baghdad in the war in 1991 and I saw how surgical an operation it was. Saddam Hussein has persecuted everyone except his own family. Kurds, Arab Shiites, Turkoman - everybody has suffered. But our country was a rich country and we can be rich again.'”
Financial Times Information, 3-21-03

"These are US Marines being greeted if not with garlands, with hand shakes by residents of the town in the deep-south corner of Iraq.”
CBS News, 3-21-03

"One little boy, who had chocolate melted all over his face after a soldier gave him some treats from his ration kit, kept pointing at the sky, saying 'Ameriki, Ameriki.'"
Associated Press, 3-21-03

"Milling crowds of men and boys watched as the Marines attached ropes on the front of their Jeeps to one portrait and then backed up, peeling the Iraqi leader's black-and-white metal image off a frame. Some locals briefly joined Maj. David 'Bull' Gurfein in a new cheer. 'Iraqis! Iraqis! Iraqis!' Gurfein yelled, pumping his fist in the air...

"....A few men and boys ventured out, putting makeshift white flags on their pickup trucks or waving white T-shirts out truck windows....'Americans very good,' Ali Khemy said. 'Iraq wants to be free. Some chanted, 'Ameriki! Ameriki!'

"Gurfein playfully traded pats with a disabled man and turned down a dinner invitation from townspeople. 'Friend, friend,' he told them in Arabic learned in the first Gulf War.

"'No Saddam Hussein!' one young man in headscarf told Gurfein. 'Bush!'"
Associated Press, 3-21-03

"Iraqi citizens were shown 'tearing down a poster of Saddam Hussein' and Dexter Filkins of The New York Times was interviewed, saying that Iraqis he had seen were 'hugging and kissing every American they could find.'"
NBC Nightly News, 3-21-03

"Here was a chance to stop and I clambered down, eager to get a first word from an Iraqi of what he thought of this whole affair. 'As salaam alekum,' I said in the traditional greeting, then ran out of Arabic and quickly added, 'Do you speak English?' No go. But with a fumbled exchange of gestures we slowly managed to communicate. Thumbs up for the American tanks, thumbs down for Saddam Hussein. Then he pointed north into the distance and said 'Baghdad.'"
Reuters, 3-21-03

"A line of dancing Kurdish men, staring directly into the mouth of the Iraqi guns less than a mile away, defiantly burned tires, sang traditional new years songs and chanted, 'Topple Saddam.'

"March 21 is the Kurdish New Year....And bonfires have long been a symbol of liberation in this part of the world. 'We're celebrating [Nawroz] a national holiday,' said Samad Abdulla Rahim, 22. 'But today we also celebrate the attack on Saddam.'

"Many expressed hope that deadly fire would light the night sky over Baghdad in the days ahead, bringing an end to the Kurd's epic 30-year struggle against Hussein and his Baath Party. 'I can't wait for the U.S. planes to come and liberate Kirkuk,' said Shahab Ahmed Sherif, a 33-year-old Kurd who had fled the oil-rich city four days earlier."
Copley News Service, 3-21-03

Unidentified Iraqi man: "Help us live better than this life. Let us have freedom."
ABC World News Tonight, 3-21-03

24 posted on 04/11/2003 8:32:09 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: HAL9000
Looks to me like the Arab street has been paved over.
25 posted on 04/11/2003 8:32:09 PM PDT by snooker
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To: Conservababe
>>..observation from a contributor to FOX news. Sorry, I did not catch his name.

Sounds like former US Ambassador to Morocco, Mark Ginsburg. (I probably spelled his name wrong)
26 posted on 04/11/2003 8:32:24 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (* * Common Sense is an Oxymoron * *)
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To: HAL9000
""I was not aware of the fact that the Iraqi people were yearning to get rid of the tyrrant," he said>"

Incredible! That comment and the others who showed surprise stunned me. Do they only have access to, and believe only Arab TV and news? Did they not believe anything coming from the West? Are they not reading anything about the hospitals filled with kids hit with bullets that the US doesn't use? Haven't they heard about the prisons and the shredders? Those Middle Easterners had better take another look at themselves.

Thank goodness, the Iraqis took to the streets with their shoes! Whatever it takes!

27 posted on 04/11/2003 8:33:04 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: SamAdams76
Good idea! Actually, she's still around -- I heard she drops by the Peninsula Hotel in Manila now and then for tea (and a very nice tea it serves). But I think the blue meanies took away all her ill-gotten shoes and put them in a museum or something.
28 posted on 04/11/2003 8:33:56 PM PDT by T'wit
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To: HAL9000
"The educated elite hates Saddam .. no poet in the world loves Saddam .. poets can't stand dictators."

Would that this were the case! If only, if only this was true. American poets are mostly in love with Fidel Castro and his ilk.

29 posted on 04/11/2003 8:34:52 PM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: Spruce
The quotes all together are awesome. Can't get to the end without misty tears. Thanks.
30 posted on 04/11/2003 8:45:29 PM PDT by oprahstheantichrist
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To: HAL9000
Amazing. A moron, drunk, frat boy who was never elected is changing the world and removing evil. How can that be?
32 posted on 04/11/2003 8:51:11 PM PDT by doug from upland (Send Al Sharpton 5 bucks so he can wreak havoc in his party)
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To: speedy
I'm just wondering if they came to feel that way about Saddam, what may they begin to think about Arafat and his gangs as well? Or maybe about other totalitarian/communist/fascist leaders?
33 posted on 04/11/2003 8:51:20 PM PDT by dsutah
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To: Spruce
Good quotes.
34 posted on 04/11/2003 8:56:33 PM PDT by sauropod (I'm a man... But I can change... If I have to.... I guess...................)
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To: dsutah
Change comes slowly, even here. But there appear to be a few lights out there on the horizon. Clearly some of these people have received shocks to their system. It's so tempting to hope good will prevail, but of course we've seen too many times when it has not.
35 posted on 04/11/2003 8:57:29 PM PDT by speedy
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To: JustTheTruth
Have these people - including their "university professors" been living UNDER A ROCK or a pile of sand somewhere?

Why not? Ours do.

36 posted on 04/11/2003 8:58:18 PM PDT by Anamensis (Human Shields = wankers)
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To: Spruce
“As long as (Saddam) is gone, who cares if he is dead or in Paris?”

I like this quote.

37 posted on 04/11/2003 8:58:18 PM PDT by The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
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To: HAL9000
I do some posting at a site called mouthshut.com .. It still has a host of unbelievers (and they post under the guise of Peace). The worse ones are Dr. Shafique , artsed (an American teacher), karana23 , and Suyog... Click on their profiles and select a topic they wrote at the bottom. They are ripe for the picking with facts instead of fiction.

38 posted on 04/11/2003 8:59:33 PM PDT by LowOiL ("I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me" -Gen. Patton)
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To: Spruce
AWESOME quotes!

“I now feel very free; I know that I'll be able to sleep now. Saddam Hussein assassinated my brother in 1977 – he was hanged in prison for insulting the president. It was August 5, 1977, and since then my family has been punished by the security services. Saddam's Iraq was a dictatorship of torture, war and terror. So today is the first day I can speak.”
Salim Jaffar, Sydney Morning Herald, 4-11-03

Notice the part I highlighted, Liberals in America should be happy that they don't have to wory about this

39 posted on 04/11/2003 8:59:59 PM PDT by Driver70
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To: oprahstheantichrist; Spruce
Yes, a great list of quotes. This one is my favorite. I had seen it earlier in an article but had forgotten it. I'm glad to see it again. It's really beautiful.

"Ajami Saadoun Khlis, whose son and brother were executed under the Saddam regime, sobbed like a child on the shoulder of the Guardian's Egyptian translator. He mopped the tears but they kept coming. 'You just arrived,' he said. 'You're late. What took you so long? God help you become victorious. I want to say hello to Bush, to shake his hand. We came out of the grave.'"

40 posted on 04/11/2003 9:00:39 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: HAL9000
What a difference freedom of the press makes.
41 posted on 04/11/2003 9:05:35 PM PDT by tiki
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To: dsutah
I'm just wondering if they came to feel that way about Saddam, what may they begin to think about Arafat and his gangs as well? Or maybe about other totalitarian/communist/fascist leaders?

Which is exactly why those leaders sided with Saddam. Arafat's soiling his drawers right about now. If the "Arab street" turns against him, he's a dead man.

42 posted on 04/11/2003 9:07:28 PM PDT by The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
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To: HAL9000

Mohammed Alhirez uses his shoe to strike an image of the fall of a 40-foot statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, during an Iraqi celebration in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, April 10, 2002. About 100 people gathered in front of an Iraqi-owned grocery store. They said they came to show their appreciation for the liberation of Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. (AP Photo/Bill Wolf)
43 posted on 04/11/2003 9:08:35 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: xm177e2
Would that this were the case! If only, if only this was true. American poets are mostly in love with Fidel Castro and his ilk.

And many university professors ---they love Castro and Saddam. Our uneducated elite in Hollywood also do.

44 posted on 04/11/2003 9:09:12 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: Spruce
Excellent compilation of quotes. Thank you, Spruce
45 posted on 04/11/2003 9:10:12 PM PDT by limitedgov
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To: HAL9000

Iraqis use their shoes to hit the remains of a statue of Saddam Hussein in downtown Bagdhad, Iraq Wednesday April 9, 2003. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
46 posted on 04/11/2003 9:10:36 PM PDT by HAL9000
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An Iraqi man uses his shoe to smash a hole in the face of a Saddam Hussein mural in Basra Southern Iraq, April 7 2003. Looting and the destruction of Saddam murals is rife in the city after Iraqi soldiers left the city and Britiash Royal Marines and the 7th Armoured Brigade walked in unopposed Sunday. (AP Photo/Jon Mills, Western Daily Press, Pool)
47 posted on 04/11/2003 9:12:50 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

A smiling Iraqi man beats a poster of President Saddam Hussein with his shoe after a U.S. Marine (L) started to take the poster down in Safwan, southern Iraq, March 21, 2003. Safwan, a small border town, was clearly outside Saddam's control on Friday. Kuwaiti television showed Iraqis mingling cautiously with American soldiers, one of whom received a peck on the cheek from a local man. Photo by Reuters Tv/Reuters
48 posted on 04/11/2003 9:15:39 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: Spruce
Thank you for this.
49 posted on 04/11/2003 9:15:44 PM PDT by mitchbert (Facts are Stubborn Things)
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To: Spruce
Thanks for the work you did compiling the great quotes.
50 posted on 04/11/2003 9:16:43 PM PDT by RipeforTruth
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