Saddam’s Arrest: A Call for Regaining Balance

There is no doubt that the American-Zionist party and its Arab cohort achieved a transient victory today with the announcement of the arrest of President Saddam Hussein. As soon as the news spread, though, major Arab satellite stations inundated Arab viewers with wave after wave of “analysts” and “experts” who literally went out of their way to deliver a pure American image of events: “Saddam did not fight!”… “Saddam was hated”… “mass graves”… “Bush won”…so on, and so forth, always with the transparent objective of implanting frustration and the official American viewpoint in the hearts and minds of Arab citizens.

But how off the wall can these commentators get! They still do not understand that anyone who confronts the American-Zionist party in our Arab lands, be it Saddam Hussein, Hassan Nasrallah, Usama Bin Laden, or Abdul Nasser, remains well-loved on the Arab street whether he or she is victor or vanquished. Anyone who was present at the conference for the affirmation of the right of return at al Baqaa Refugee Camp tonite would have heard the walls crumble from the spontaneous cheers that erupted for the life of Saddam Hussein: “With our blood and souls, we would ransom you Saddam”! Personally, I believe that was especially in response to the defeatist campaign that major Arab satellite stations launched today after the arrest of Saddam. (Yes, I could see some of those “advocates” of wooing western public opinion amongst right-of-return activists in America frown at my citing this example, but you cannot possibly defend truth and justice in the Arab World today by worrying about some liberals frowning, can you?!)

No problem! Almost everyone has already said that the arrest of president Saddam Hussein doesn’t imply the Iraqi resistance is done with. They are certainly correct in that emphasis, but other facts need to be pointed out as well:

1) The Arab street cannot possibly respect an Arab ruler who keeps his position under the humiliation of American boots more than an Arab leader who loses everything for standing up to American hegemony.
2) The arrest of president Saddam Hussein, far from assuring American invaders more control, might just as well lead to more forces joining the Iraqi resistance who were previously objecting to Saddam’s leadership of the resistance.
3) Military action underground, as the Palestinians know quite well, always carries a high risk of martyrdom or arrest. There is nothing to be ashamed of about that. Omar Al Mukhtar was arrested in the Libyan revolution. All those who espoused noble causes have suffered setbacks or defeats at one point or another, but that didn’t diminish their perseverance or legitimacy. The important thing is for the resistance, not for individuals, to continue.

On the other hand, many of those who watched the tapes broadcast for Saddam Hussein after his arrest noticed that he seemed drugged. More importantly, we really do not know the circumstances under which the arrest took place, and should never trust the American version of events, that was regurgitated by Arab satellite stations. I seriously doubt that Americans would dare walk tall into that basement where Saddam was hiding out from the occupation. Surely some traitor(s) must have led them to it since they knew exactly where they were going. It is quite possible that they gassed the place before entering, though, which enabled them to take Saddam unconscious. A number of scenarios are possible in fact. We don’t know for sure. What is certain, however, is that a rational Arab would know that enemy propaganda always goes for her or his heart and mind, and that believing such propaganda is naïve at best.

Ibrahim Alloush