|Filed October 18, 2002 By Jeremy Scahill
Hussein was sworn in for another seven years on October 18th, following
Tuesday's nationwide referendum. He gave a speech following the ceremony
before Parliament, his ruling Ba'ath Party and Iraq's top Revolutionary
Command Council. The ceremony was broadcast live on Iraqi TV.
For informational purposes, below is the official translation of the
full text of the speech:
"Nay, we hurl the truth against
Falsehood, and it knocks out its brain,
And behold, falsehood doth perish"
(Allah's is the word of truth)
Our great, loyal, and faithful People of Mujahideen,
Our valiant men and women,
Our heroes of the armed forces,
Our Arab Brethren,
Seven years ago, on an occasion as this one, though under a different
circumstances, we met also here on the sacred, proud and generous
land of Iraq, the land of God, our land which the Almighty has graced
with His blessing, and has made its people proud and healthy when
it so wants and maintains its true path of faith, in order to build
this land, protect it, and defend its holy places.
We met on an occasion like this seven years ago, and we meet now to
honour and celebrate a similar occasion seven years later. We met
seven year ago to honour and celebrate the phenomenon and results
of the Great March, and we meet today also to honour and celebrate
this Great Pledge of Allegiance. So, here are the brothers and friends
who have come to be present amongst us in Iraq and to see the festivities
of the Iraqi people and the capacity of the Iraqi challenge in expressing
itself and its position in a new field. This is the field in which
many have been defeated, and many peoples have failed to express their
true position and identity, having failed to find guidance to the
right path at the right moment of time for the stand taken, especially
when American tyranny, before it and its rear-lackeys were exposed,
as they have been today, for what they really are, had projected themselves
as if it were trying to help peoples to voice their positions in a
democratic manner. Indeed, the American tyrant and its league of followers
succeeded in misleading the peoples and the rulers whom they were
able to deceive, so that they would neither find themselves, nor the
right way in which to express their position in a proper and original
manner. This happened when they were able to isolate the people from
its leadership, or when the people's rulers failed to discharge their
leadership effectively, honestly and responsibly. The tyrant then
assumed full control over the people, and controlled their rulers
or leaders, having first weakened, then isolated, them from their
As for the people of Iraq, they have demonstrated before you, in a
candid and transparent manner, twice over the past seven years, a
new level of awareness, and presented mankind with a visual and tangible
picture of two Great Marches on the road of free expression. The people
have also shown the level of closeness reached in the relationship
between them and their leadership. The people's awareness, resolve
and potential are such that, with reliance on Allah and self-confidence,
strengthened by divine guidance for them and their leadership, they
have come to take the right road and have reached their destination,
enjoying the fruitful outcome of their efforts and sacrifices, and
their self-control, resilience and patience.
But if anyone amongst you wishes to ask why the people of Iraq have
achieved victory even in this field of the battle, which is a great
victory over the enemies and an expression of both self and stance,
then the answer will not only be found in the history of the Iraqi
people and their relationship with their leadership since the July
Revolution of 1968, but also in the bright and glorious history of
the civilizations of Iraq and in seven thousand years of recorded
history on this land since the first step in writing, in law, the
arts, industry and agriculture, in the capacity to confront the enemies,
and in the honour bestowed by Allah the Gracious upon this land by
making it home for the inspiration and birth of the first prophesy
which delivered the great meanings of guidance for the human race:
"Never could we have found guidance, had it not been for the guidance
Brothers and friends,
You too are facing, each in his or her field, the coercion and evil
brought by the futile policies of the United States. I believe you
wish to see the US officials reconsider their policies towards other
nations and people, as we wished them to do so in open letters addressed
to them after the bloody events of the eleventh September, 2001. These
were probably the wishes of other rulers and leaders as well as of
other nations and peoples through their scholars and analysts who
seek to identify the causes and find successful solutions. But, as
the Almighty says : "Thou canst not make the dead listen, nor canst
thou cause the deaf to hear the call."
And as the Arab poet said :
"The living would have heard your
But those you call on are lifeless."
The Americans did not hear the call. They found it easier to take
the road of blood and violence. Their means of destruction gave them
arrogance. So they decided to pursue this road rather than search
for the causes in order to know the connection between the phenomena
and their outcome, and determine what remedy to prescribe, in order
that security and peace may prevail, and justice and fairness be achieved.
The road of blood can only lead to more blood. We have learnt this
fact from our elders in the countryside. We used to hear them say
it many years ago, despite their simple life of limited education,
which means that this is a law of life, a law of human relationship
not only in Iraq. The road of blood takes you to more blood; and he
who tries to shed the blood of others must expect his blood to be
The American administrations have for long been the product of the
games of the Zionist lobby in the United States. They cannot see the
facts as they are ; and even if they did see the facts as they were,
they would not be able to act according to their own interpretation,
but only according to the interests of the Zionist lobby and the Zionist
entity which occupies Palestine. Therefore, savithe world from the
evils of the American administration whose aggressionism is fueled
by the Zionist alliance with big business and special influential
interests, will spare the peoples of the United States the animosities,
tragedies and scarifices created by their administrations, especially
the current administration, thus affecting them and the world at large,
including the region in which we live, the Middle east, and the Nation
of which we are part, our glorious Arab Nation. This can only be averted
when the American people takes up its role in accordance with a humane
outlook based on a desire for peace, stability, cooperation and fairness,
with the support of the European nations, each according to its own
experience, presenting advice by tangible examples derived from their
relations with other peoples of the world, including the peoples of
the Middle East, in the forefront of which comes our glorious Arab
Nation. In addition to this, there is the resilience of those aggressed
against by the alliance between Zionism and those administrations.
This resilience is supported by freedom lovers all over the world,
representing its effective human depth, and causing the arrows of
aggression to go astray, thus helping to achieve security and stability
and to see the world at large governed by security, peace, fairness
To the brothers and friends who have come to Iraq I say:
I salute you and appreciate, in the name of the people of Iraq, the
journey you have endured to come here and be with us on this occasion.
I thank you for your appreciation of our people, your solidarity with
it in defending its heritage, faith, existence, honour and sanctities
in the face of those who hate humanity, and are therefore hated, isolated
Brothers and friends ö
Our Valiant People of Iraq..
Our magnificent women of Iraq..
Ladies and Gentlemen..
On the same date of 15 October in 1995, you took your outstanding
stand in your Great March, and today you take the same stand. If the
details of either stand are connected with its respective circumstance,
your stand now, in this Great Pledge of Allegiance, corresponds to
the essence of the stand which you took in 1995. But this time, your
stand has come, in its ascention and the manner in which you have
expressed and declared your Pledge, makes it as if that God Almighty
wanted to choose you as His instrument on earth, a shining and magnificent
example amidst mankind, so that change may be brought to souls, minds
and positions, some of which remain captive to Satan, their Jailer
, while others have moved by small or large degrees, towards distancing
themselves from Satan to be closer to Allah.
Great People of Iraq..
Our Men and Women..
Our youth and elderly..
Our dear children..
In two Great Marches.. the Great March of 1995, when matters became
very serious with the frustrated forces of evil revealing their wicked
intentions which they wanted to achieve by defeating Iraq, but failed
to do so; and this is the Great Pledge of Allegiance, the results
of which have now been concluded and announced to you on the 16th
of October, 2002 by the Supreme Commission Supervising the Referendum
which is chaired by a dear and honourable man, Mr. Izzet Ibrahim,
the Vice-Chairman of the Revolution Command Council, and what happened
prior to the announcement of the result, the national spirit connected
with it and the indescribable love surrounding it, you have proven
that the attachment to the homeland is neither a matter of politics
nor a whim or inclination. It is rather a matter of belonging, and
because your sense of belonging to the homeland, the nation and its
great principles is genuine, then your stand is genuine, as well,
a quality becoming of you, compatible with your solid convictions
and of your dignity and honourable stand of faith in the eyes of Allah,
in the records of history, and before the people's of the earth at
present, as well as in the future, when this position and stand of
yours will be an example to be emulated by posterity. May Allah grace
you with long life strengthened by potential, dignity and health.
It is He who listens and responds to the prayers of true believers.
May He also reward you well for your stand, both here in this our
life on earth, and in the next in heaven.
Brothers and loyal sons,
Although I am certain that you and I are on the same line and in one
direction, I say to you that the evil of the wicked evil-doers will
never end until they are defeated amongst all mankind completely and
comprehensively; and their defeat is coming in the near future, God
willing. Therefore, if Allah the Almighty, in his Great Wisdom and
for reasons beyond our comprehension, decides to put you again to
the test in a situation of fighting on a large scale, then the Almighty,
the nation and history will expect you to deliver an effective stand
and the kind of achievement that is as high and effective as is your
spirit and this stand of yours in the defence of the homeland, the
principles, the sanctities, and of your honour, your identity, the
blood of your martyrs, our dear martyrs, in the defense of the present,
the future and history, in the defence of Great Iraq, of our nation
of the principles of humanity. It is from your position that we reap
this result: a victory from Allah that brings the final victory closer
and is good news for our patient people. Afterwards, the enemy will
fall on his face, despised, condemned and defeated, while your banner,
the banner of Allahu Akbar, will continue to fly high on its mast,
dignified and honourable. stability, security and tranquility will
continue to prevail over your country and the larger Arab homeland
as well. Your reward in this world, and in the next, will be truly
compatible with your genuine and faithful struggle and generous scarifices.
May Allah spare you all evil and foil the schemes of the despicable.
Allah is Great
Allah is Great
Long live Iraq and the Iraqis, the good sons of this good and healthy
homeland, which is dignified by your sons and grandsons after you,
God willing; now that you have paved the way for them with your determination
and resolve, relying on Allah the Great and Ominpowerful.
The world around us has changed a great deal, since 1995, in terms
of politics and of the view towards interests and security. But its
ability to say " No", on the level of rulers and governments, remains
as limited as you know. The world has not changed unfortunately at
the level of the majority of rulers in their negative view of the
principles and of their true upholders. A lot of rulers today still
view principled people, who persist in defending their noble and just
causes and who refuse to compromise at the expense of their peoples,
their nations, the honour of their cause, their integrity and their
principles, as a burden on them. The policy of the United States still
finds in this kind of genuine, honest and loyal people an obstacle
before their evil and futile ambitions towards the world and humanity
at large, and not only towards your country and nation. Because we
are part of great and gracious nation which possesses things that
are most valuable to the human self, and here I am not referring to
the factor of wealth and its raw material or its resources that are
changeable in quality, place and kind. I am rather referring to our
great history and glorious role in civilization and before all that,
and along with it, I am referring to our eternal heritage and the
great faith connected with it. The conflict, while confined to your
confrontation with many governments, and we praise Allah for that,
continues to be raging with the slaves of Zionism in the United States
of America, in the same way as it is raging with them in the field
of every valiant believer and every good national on the level of
humanity. And because we are part of a large and generous nation,
and this is its history, heritage and faith for all time, the rulers
of America, being controlled like muppets by international Zionism
and its abhorrent entity, do not only regardus only as an insurmountable
obstacle in their way, but also as a danger whenever we constituted
an example for the people of our nation and humanity showing that
the road to good living in freedom and honour is achievable, and that
it is possible to resist evil and falsehood, even if this road makes
our feet bleed, and even if the sacrifices break our hearts. It is
however a road that guarantees the preservation of our identity and
the protection of our heritage and faith against any desecration and
distortion. Honour can not be defeated, for souls will be lost with
the loss of everything that is dear and valuable.
Our dear people of Iraq,
Our Magnificent women,
Your cause is no longer than Iraqi cause as it was in 1995, in the
eyes of the others, especially non- Arabs, even if it had and deserved
what it had and deserved. And it is no longer an Arab cause only with
all its principles, passion and faith, but has become a pivotal case
in the conflict between truth and falsehood, and in the struggle of
those who endeavour to ensure security for people and the world against
those who threaten the security of people and the world, on the level
of all peoples on the globe, whenever they realize and recognize the
facts as they are, and not as painted by liars and falsifiers. People
from different nations are carrying some of your banners against injustice
and its perpetrators. Indeed they tend now to raise all that shouts
be raised of the ideas and positions that are growing and developing
against the aggressiveness of the United States and its leaders and
the leaders of Zionism and their aggression against the Mujahid people
of Palestine and the heroic people of Iraq. Now the greater number
of the countries of the world, which used to refrain from establishing
any kind of relationship with Iraq, are seeking those positions while
we, on our part continue t work for them as well. In fact the rulers
and government strategists of the realize now the evil represented
by the alliance of the American administration with Zionism and danger
it constitutes to the interest of their countries and the security
of the orld now in the future, even though the positions of these
rulers remain until now, not as strong, effective or clear as they
should be, with specific exceptions.
So we salute those who take distinguished stands, who are among the
exceptions to any shaky picture of weak position, and by comparison
to other rulers who adopt unfair or unjust positions.
Greeting are especially and repeatedly addressed with love and appreciation
to the people of the world, in their solidarity with our just national,
pan-Arab and human cause, and in their solidarity with the Mujahid
people of Palestine, including those amongst the peoples of America
who can also be described as such.
Brothers..our people of faith, of stand and enthusiasm, who carry
the banner high, and raise the principles high .. people of the sword
With infinite faith and with a capacity limited only by that of Allah
the Almighty; with a conviction which does not obstruct your capacity
to lead life with justice, as deepen its course with fairness, and
increase its radiation and ascension with endless giving; with all
this, I appeal to the Almighty to protect you against all adversity,
except that which He, the Almighty, chooses and will be praised for
it, for only He can be praised for adversity. I pray that He will
be maintained by His satisfaction with a place in Heaven in the rank
you deserve, which is your prize from Allah, paradise. I also pray
for a relationship with you, of the kind that will ensure our self-satisfaction
after the grace of Allah; a relationship that gratifies our eyes,
pleases the friend and angers the foe. I pray that He will protect
you against all unjust harm and any wicked act, grace you with content,
satisfaction and happiness which will inspire your pure life and its
flourishment, with loyal action of faith, and with security and peace.
I also appeal to the Almighty to protect you with his everlasting
attention which knows everything in the hearts, and to give the patience
of the true faithful, the resilience of Mujahideen to guard you against
sin and wrong-doing; the patience that guards self and flows with
strength all round to solidify in faith, God willing, those for whom
patience becomes the duty of their faith and the path of their resilience.
Our people of Iraq, valiant men and women, some may ask: what do you
promise us ? Although you know what I do and what I and entrusted
with, together with my and your brothers in the leadership, and while
I reaffirm what I promised you in 1995, and from the beginning, I
I shall with Allah's grace, be , as I have been, and as you know,
loyal to all the values we believe in, dedicated to interests and
security, your present and your future, grateful to you to the meanings
of your magnificent stand, your generous sacrifices, and your glorious
history. I shall exert everything to which I dedicated myself, in
accordance with what you know about your leadership, towards what
will ensure dignity, elevate our stature in the eyes of Allah and
of good people and history, make Iraq more prosperous, and expand
prospects for every enterprise that you may desire without inviting
I shall work and never forget that we are part of a glorious nation,
and that believers and brothers, and that the roots of the human tree
belong to Adam and Eve. We shall pursue the same road that we have
taken in our tasks, with the same enthusiasm to provide good work
for those who seek such and are able to do it. We shall not cause
any of you to feel distress for not obtaining what they legitimate
deserve to have and is within our capacity to provide. Your rights,
your efforts and scarifies, your faith and loyalty are all great.
I shall not close the door of forgiveness before any sincere penitence
to Allah, and any willingness to renounce everything harmful, leaving
it behind those concerned, so that the door will be open for a new
road for them to take to join you in what Allah has graced you with,
and we shall facilitate this road for them according to their intention
and what they deserve.
We shall help wrong-doers to overcome and correct their mistakes,
if we found in them repentance and the urge to abandon their mistakes
or sins; or if we found that they need to have clear and sweet water
from the well, and we happen to hold, with Allah's Grace, the line
to the bucket.
I pray to Allah, the Almighty, to assist me and you, my brothers and
sons, my dear compatriots in the people and comrades in the responsibility
of leadership, the valiant people of Iraq, men and women, to have
whatever will help us deliver what we pledged to do before Allah,
the Almighty, and before you. And Allah is omnipowerful.
Allah is Great..
Long live our glorious nation..
Greetings to all genuine and good people who have raised high the
banner of faith, without hesitation or fear from evil and evil-doers,
or from injustice and its perpetrators who are encouraged to exploit
the weakness of the weak and the instincts of those who followed the
devil, as their master, on the road of aggression and animosity towards
our nation. Thus they forget the stature and potential of the faithful
who rely on Allah, to the extant that they deluded themselves into
believing that they could interfere in the affairs of our nation,
and indeed, in our doctrine of humane religion, with a view to changing
this doctrine after placing themselves as false interpreters of Islam
and of Muslims, the Arabs and the faithful.
Allah is Great..
Long live Palestine as a free Arab state from the river to the sea,
and long live its valiant and heroic people of Mujahideen, men and
women, old and young, youth and children.
Allah is Great ..
Long live Al-quds, our Third Sacred Sanctity, free and Arab, and completely
cleansed of the desecration caused by the abhorrent Zionist occupation..
Allah is Great..
Greeting of love and appreciation to the valiant Arabs, the true sons
of your nation, who have given a great deal of themselves on the road
this nation's dignity, immunity, progress and glory. The same greetings
go to every honourable, valiant believer.. and to all who have sought
and continue to seek that is good to humanity and to its stability
and security with justice and fairness.
Greeting and appreciation to every friend in the human race who stood
by justice against injustice.
Allah is Great..
Long live Iraq, its people, its armed forces, its soil and its values..
Long live our glorious nation..
Dear Iraqis, men and women.. boys, girls and children:
Allah is Great..
Allah is Great..
Allah is Great..
is an independent journalist, who reports for the nationally syndicated
Radio and TV show Democracy Now! He is currently based in Baghdad,
Iraq, where he and filmmaker Jacquie
Soohen are coordinating Iraqjournal.org,
the only website providing regular independent reporting from the
ground in Baghdad.
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