For some reason I always thought they liked Saddam Hussein ... am I incorrect?

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U.S. Assures It Does Not Seek to 'Conquer' Iraq
Sat Oct 5, 5:44 PM ET
By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent 

LEESBURG, VA. (Reuters) - The Bush administration, responding to criticism it has not planned sufficiently for a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, promised on Saturday its military forces would not enter the country as 'conquerors' or treat the Iraqi people as a 'defeated nation.' 

While reaffirming a decision on using force against Iraq had not been made, Zalmay Khalilzad, a senior aide to President Bush, said, 'Should force be required, U.S. and coalition forces will liberate the Iraqi people from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein.' 

'We will not enter Iraq as conquerors. We will not treat the Iraqi people as a defeated nation,' he said, reading from a written statement. 

He also said it was unlikely Washington would support creation of a provisional post-Saddam government until after Iraq's 'liberation.' 

His comments to an annual conference sponsored by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy were seen as presaging an important televised speech on Iraq that Bush has set for next week and were intended to build as much support as possible within Iraq for a potential U.S. military campaign. Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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Do you think the citizens of Iraq want to be `liberated`?
For some reason I always thought they liked Saddam Hussein ... am I incorrect?

*****

U.S. Assures It Does Not Seek to `Conquer` Iraq

Sat Oct 5, 5:44 PM ET

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent

LEESBURG, VA. (Reuters) - The Bush administration, responding to criticism it has not planned sufficiently for a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, promised on Saturday its military forces would not enter the country as `conquerors` or treat the Iraqi people as a `defeated nation.`

While reaffirming a decision on using force against Iraq had not been made, Zalmay Khalilzad, a senior aide to President Bush, said, `Should force be required, U.S. and coalition forces will liberate the Iraqi people from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein.`

`We will not enter Iraq as conquerors. We will not treat the Iraqi people as a defeated nation,` he said, reading from a written statement.

He also said it was unlikely Washington would support creation of a provisional post-Saddam government until after Iraq`s `liberation.`

His comments to an annual conference sponsored by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy were seen as presaging an important televised speech on Iraq that Bush has set for next week and were intended to build as much support as possible within Iraq for a potential U.S. military campaign.


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19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/20/02 - 5:01:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
From everything I hear, they love him. His popularity is at an all-time high.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/20/02 - 6:57:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yep. That's totally the reason why they signed those election ballots in blood.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/20/02 - 7:02:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
I heard they enjoyed living that way.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/20/02 - 8:03:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think in a straight Saddam v "provisional" government of Bush's choice they might go with the status quo.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/20/02 - 8:19:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah. I mean even people who were sick, having a bad day, or too sleep to go voted voted yes to him staying in office. He's GOTTA be popular for that.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/20/02 - 8:57:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
I dare you all to do a simple Yahoo or google search for "Saddam popularity". You can even cut and paste this post. You will find pages and pages of articles demonstrating his popularity in the Arab world. If you think he is hated you are dead wrong. The US is widely perceived to hold a double standard in the Mideasr among Arab nations. Saddams defiance makes him a practical hero for that. That is why we don't hear any calls of support for his ousting from Syria or Turkey. You people are so f*cking blind its pathetic. All you ever do is quote the election results which you discredit. At least take the trouble to see for yourselves.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/20/02 - 9:08:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
Because you have been there and done your own survey right?
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/20/02 - 9:09:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
I take it you didnt even bother to see fo yourself. Typical of the pigheadedness you exude daily on this site.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/20/02 - 9:14:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
My above post was directed at tsurumi. I am assuming yours was too okey.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/20/02 - 9:15:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
Thats right bored. Im sorry for the confusion
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/21/02 - 1:19:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
Tsurumi, your are as opinionated as you are ignorant.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/21/02 - 1:21:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
So for people who think the Iraqis might be afraid of Hussein, we are required to personally go there and take a poll, but for those of you who want to think he is loved and revered, that's not a necessary. That makes sense.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/21/02 - 1:27:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
I gave you multiple sites which you refused to look at. Moron.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/21/02 - 1:28:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Now now children, is name calling really needed? Can't we all disagree nicely?
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/21/02 - 1:28:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
Only for you Hotts. Only for you.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/21/02 - 1:34:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well I don't like her but you have to admit she IS a little bit amusing.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/21/02 - 1:36:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
If you like pain.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/21/02 - 1:39:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well thank you hotts....I don't like you either, but I find you amusing. LOL!
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/21/02 - 1:40:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
awww that's so sweet, thanks! :P Now fight some more, y'all are supposed to be entertaining me.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/21/02 - 1:47:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
LMAO, I really like them both but you and bored do have a similar style of conversation.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/21/02 - 1:51:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
She isn't interested in debate. All she does is insult you and spew out more rhetoric. She just wants is to belabor her doctorine. I find no debate or entertainment value in that.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/21/02 - 1:55:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
I provided pages of references. You just refuse to acknowledge them.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/21/02 - 5:03:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
He did get 100% of the vote and 100% of the registered voters voted so I guess I was wrong and Saddam really is popular.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/21/02 - 5:34:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Gee okey...I just looked over both pages of this thread and you did not provide one single reference Back on the first page I invited you to cut and paste Saddam Popularity. Are you blind or lazy? Here is a link. Because of your shoddy work thus far, I'll save you time and refer you to the last line of the article.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/21/02 - 5:43:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
A section from another article found here Iraqi and international organizations say the U.N. sanctions have crippled Iraq, with as many as 1 million civilians dying from lack of food or medicine. But the sanctions also have increased regional and international sympathy for Iraqis, raising Saddam's popularity in the gulf region and other Arab countries. Syria, and even staunch U.S. allies Jordan and Egypt, initiated new free-trade agreements with Iraq. Angry street demonstrations in Arab capitals against the U.S. and British airstrikes were matched by diplomatic protests from Paris, Moscow and Beijing.

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