The Humiliation Aspect
Surely Saddam knew he was the Ace of Spades, didn't he? I know first hand that
the Arabs love to play cards, and their favorite game is a version of "Rummy."
But maybe there is no exact equivalent translation for "Ace in the Hole?"
Otherwise, Saddam surely would have hidden somewhere else!
The United States awoke to the electrifying news of Saddam's capture this
morning. At this writing, reactions are just coming in from all quarters.
Anti-American types are no doubt working hard to figure out a way to spin this
in such a way as to mitigate such an obvious victory for the Bush
Never wishing to assist any such agenda, something obvious here must be pointed
out. An undeniable proclivity of Arabic culture is the abhorrence of
humiliation. Under Islamic law, murder is justifiable to avenge humiliation. A
man may murder his own daughter lawfully if she embarrasses the family by
engaging in "illicit activities." Before deciding such discussion is hopelessly
off-point, consider what an abject HUMILIATION Saddam represents to the entire
Arab world. And this is just the beginning! He is going to be kept alive for
some time to come. The legal roundtable panel discussions leading up to Saddam
Hussein's trial may actually surpass those of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jackson
before it's over.
But it all represents wall to wall HUMILIATION for the Arab world. Their media
(the most visible being Al Jazeera Network) has long cast President Bush and the
United States as being "at war with Islam" despite the administration's many
attempts to appease them. The Iraqi people may be dancing in the streets with
relief , but much of the Arab world is reeling with shame. They will not suffer
it kindly. Even though Saddam's neighbors feared him, the Arab world has reveled
in the fact that the Iraq war has not been a clean victory for the U.S.
"I expected him to resist or commit suicide before falling into American hands.
He disappointed a lot of us. He's a coward," said Mohammad Abdel qader Mohammadi,
a Cairo teacher quoted by the Associated Press. Many in Arab capitals refused to
believe the man captured was actually Saddam Hussein.
We've seen little condemnation of terrorism from the Islamic world, and even
less assistance in waging "The War on Terror." Maybe I'm wrong, but I've always
been of the opinion that the vast majority of the Islamic Arab world secretly
took tremendous pride in what transpired Sept. 11, 2001, felt it was justified,
and look forward to each and every time the terrorists bloody the nose of the
Don't expect them to give up! Witness the fact that an ineffective car bomb went
off in the streets of Baghdad just as President Bush finished delivering his
live comments on Saddam's capture. After invoking "patience, resolve and focused
action" as the reason for this very visible American victory, the President
said, "God Bless America, and God bless the Iraqi people."
And how will this electrifying development affect the terribly strained
relations between the United States and our (former) European allies? French
President Jacques Chirac said this morning that he is "delighted" at the news of
Saddam's capture. Delighted? Really? Saddam Hussein's Iraq owed the French tens
of BILLIONS of dollars. Even in the face of UN sanctions against Iraq, Chirac
was supplying some of France's most sophisticated conventional weaponry to
Saddam ON CREDIT! Some 70 warehouses full of munitions have been cordoned off
outside Baghdad, and are being guarded by U.S. troops. They include millions of
tons of missiles, rockets, and explosive munitions of all descriptions,
including Exocets and other French military hardware. Dates of manufacture are
inscribed on many of those items which prove that they were provided to Saddam
during the time that UN sanctions were in place! During the time that UN
authority was being invoked to prevent the U.S. from going to war!
Saddam Hussein won't be the only one to shoulder humiliation as this developing
story plays out. Meanwhile, the European Union moves rapidly toward developing
their own (potentially belligerent) military under the guise of defense. You can
expect them to be sympathetic to the humiliation sweeping over the Arab world,
and the reasons will become increasingly clear.