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Monday, July 24, 2006


Time interviews Izzat al-Douri

A bonafide scoop at Time Magazine, who manages an interview with Izzat al-Douri, the most senior member of the Ba'ath Party that the American occupation hasn't yet killed or captured. Some of the interesting excerpts:
On those "working within the system":

I respect even some inside the government -- and they are not a few -- whose intention is, as they say, to reduce the damage done by the occupation to the citizens and to alleviate their sufferings, or to carry on the struggle for the liberation of Iraq from inside the political process, though this is a form of wishful thinking.

On Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (this part of the interview conducted before Zarqawi was killed):

I harbor great respect and appreciation for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and I rejoice in his courage, the strength of his faith, and the sacrifices of his fighters, [but] I call on him and his fighters to direct their jihadist struggle against the enemy that has invaded the land of Arabdom and Islam. Let none of us be drawn into the occupying enemy's game of igniting hateful sectarianism. I also affirm that any exposure of citizens and their assets [to harm] will inevitably serve the occupation.

On the resistance:

It is the Iraqi army that today is in charge of the planning and supervision of more than 95% of patriotic resistance operations against the occupation.

And showing a bit of "wishful thinking" himself:

I had very high hopes of President Bush before his election, which I had hoped for -- unlike that of Clinton.
Time forgot to mention one subject in their questions or the accompanying article -- al-Douri's family. In November, 2003, the U.S. illegally arrested his wife and daughter, in contravention of the Geneva Conventions, in order to pressure al-Douri into surrendering. As late as June 2004 their detention continued, and I know of nothing to indicate that that has changed (although it may well have). Are his wife and daughter still in detention? How did he feel about the U.S. imprisoning them for at least a half year, if not for many years? We don't know the answer.

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