Shadow of Saddam – Tariq Aziz Surfaces. Calls Obama “Hypocrite”

Posted on August 6, 2010

Tariq Aziz in Prison

The face of the Saddam Hussein regime for western television was his Deputy  Teriq Aziz.  Long silent, many had thought he had died or had been killed but he has been in a very “upscale” prison cell in Baghdad where he suffered a stroke.  In a recent interview about US forces leaving Iraq within days he thundered:

“For 30 years Saddam built Iraq and now it is destroyed. There are more sick than before, more hungry. The people don’t have services. People are being killed every day in the tens, if not hundreds. “I was encouraged when [Obama] was elected president, because I thought he was going to correct some of the mistakes of Bush. But Obama is a hypocrite. He is leaving Iraq to the wolves.”

To refresh your memory, here is the Teriq Aziz we all knew so well:

He is still loyal to Saddam and says he will not comment on him until he is a free man.  He did, however, provide valuable insight into Saddam’s methods during the final years of his rule:

As another conflict with the United Nations and US loomed in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion, Aziz said he tried to convince the world that its fears that Iraq was concealing a secret weapons programme were unfounded.

“I was in charge of supervising the work of Unscom. I attended hundreds of meetings with them at hundreds of sites, but they were committed to proving the untrue. Bush was going to war regardless.”

Saddam, however, preferred a policy of ambiguity, a stance that heightened US and British suspicions. After his capture, Saddam told the FBI that his main intent had been to keep Iran guessing, not to beat the drums of war.

“Partially it was about Iran,” Aziz confirmed. “They had waged war on us for eight years, so we Iraqis had a right to deter them. Saddam was a proud man. He had to defend the dignity of Iraq. He had to show that he was neither wrong nor weak.

Aziz leveled his sights on Blair and Bush as he looked to the true nature of the invasion:

“Bush and Blair lied intentionally. They were both pro-Zionist. They wanted to destroy Iraq for the sake of Israel, not for the sake of the US and Britain.” [He later added oil to this reason.]

Saddam could not leave Iraq and so it fell to Aziz, ironically a Christian, to be the face and voice of the country both at home and abroad.

Aziz with Russia's Putin

[Essentially the head of Iraq’s government,  w]hen Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, Tariq Aziz served as the international spokesman in support of the military action. He claimed the invasion was justified because Kuwait’s increased oil production was harming Iraqi oil revenues. He condemned Arab states for “subservience to the United States’ hegemony in the Middle East and their support for punitive sanctions.” [Wikipedia]

Many share Aziz’s concern for the safety of Iraq and the Iraqis when the American  troops withdraw.  Aziz lends a strong voice to these concerns.

NOTE: Above post based on an article in Britain’s Daily Mail.