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Posted by musliminsuffer on November 12, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===


Malcom Lagauche


Saddam Hussein with colleagues shortly before the airport battle

November 12, 2007

Saddam Hussein was not captured in a “spider hole” in December 2003. I wrote an article called “Saddam Hussein and Reality” that chronicled the capture and the following days.

Unfortunately, almost four years after the apprehension of the president of Iraq, many people still believe the fairy tale version given by the U.S. Even Fidel Castro recently said that, unlike Saddam, he would have never allowed his adversaries to capture him in a hole. He would have shot it out with the enemy.

I admire Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution. In fact, parts of the Ba’ath revolution in Iraq were similar to those in Cuba, such as the astute medical and education systems. If Fidel Castro believed the propaganda, then we must be stronger in our attempts to get the truth out. Saddam was caught doing just what Fidel said he would do: battling the intruders.

We all saw the photos in December 2003 of a disheveled Saddam Hussein after he was pulled out of a “spider hole” in a town near Tikrit. The administration laughed and the U.S. public made jokes about him and his hiding place.

The room was dirty. There was an empty Spam can. The story was that he was holed up and was totally irrelevant to Iraq. His day was done and he was now in the hands of the liberators.

Guess what? Nothing of this scenario was true.

On March 8, 2005, United Press International (UPI) ran a small press release titled “Public Version of Saddam Capture Fiction.” Don’t think you are remiss because you did read this, but it received scant publicity in the U.S. Prior to my writing this article, I have found only one news outlet that carried the story: WHAM Channel 13 of Rochester, New York.

The U.P.I. press release consisted of quotes from ex-U.S. Marine Nadim Rabeh, of Lebanese descent. In addition to the U.S. version of the capture date being off by one day, during an interview in Lebanon, he stated:

I was among the 20-man unit, including eight of Arab descent, who searched for Saddam for three days in the area of Dour near Tikrit, and we found him in a modest home in a small village and not in a hole as announced.

We captured him after fierce resistance during which a Marine of Sudanese origin was killed.

Rabeh recounted how Saddam fired at them with a gun from the window of a room on the second floor. Then, the Marines shouted at him in Arabic, “You have to surrender. There is no point in resisting.”

How did we come to see the pictures of the hole and a scruffy-looking Saddam? According to Rabeh, “Later on, a military production team fabricated the film of Saddam’s capture in a hole, which was in fact a deserted well.”

The former Marine’s account mixes with the rendition Saddam Hussein gave his lawyer when they had their first meeting. Saddam told him that he was captured in a friend’s house and that he was drugged and tortured for two days. Hence, the pictures of Saddam looking bedraggled.

I went to and searched for images of Saddam’s capture. All the major news networks and publications showed pictures of the hole and a beleaguered Saddam: Time Magazine, CNN News, magazines, daily newspapers, etc. You name it and they published it.

But, they were all wrong. Not one publication took the time to research the story. Not one. They just took pictures given by the U.S. military and parroted the lines they were given.

I always wondered how he obtained a can of pork-laden Spam, since no such product was offered in Iraq. It seems no one asked how a can of Spam was in the hole. A few years ago, there was a picture on the Internet that gained much publicity of a bunch of U.S. soldiers standing next to an Iraqi building on which was depicted the blowing up of the World Trade Center. The inference was that Iraqis took glee in the acts of 9-11.

However, I noticed the soldiers were standing on a base path of a baseball field. There were no baseball fields in Iraq. Then, I looked at the trees and saw they were typical southeastern U.S. types that I had never seen in any pictures of Iraq.

The photo was bogus, but the harm had been done. Even mainstream media picked up and ran with the picture. I wrote to a few agencies that used it, but received no reply. They were embarrassed.

Now, let’s get back to Saddam and his spider hole and other aspects of his life after April 9, 2003.

I have heard anecdotal tales of Saddam Hussein taking part in street battles against U.S. troops. Various sources have told me this. So, I wrote to an Iraqi contact in Baghdad (a retired colonel) and asked him. I received a response about that as well as Saddam’s capture. Here are a few items he mentioned.

  • Saddam’s inside wear was very clean, which gives the impression he was not in a hole.
  • At the time they said they captured him, no dates were available, but the trees they showed in the films had fresh dates on the palm trees and this was not possible.
  • My house is in the Adhamiya and I can say that I saw Saddam after they announced the fall of Baghdad. I saw him myself. He was standing on a bonnet of a car. He was giving smiles to the people around him who were encouraging him by their loyalty, which they always had.
  • As I know, Saddam was on top of the battle at the airport.
  • What I heard was that he was on top of many assaults against the Americans.

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