THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, March 20, 2003
Following is the text,
as translated from Arabic by The Associated Press, of Saddam Hussein's televised
speech after U.S. attacks began Thursday:
``In 1424 of the Hijra (Muslim) calendar, the reckless
criminal little Bush and his accomplices committed his crime, with which he had
threatened Iraq and humanity.
``He carried out his criminal act -- with those who
cooperated with him -- and has added with his accomplices to the series of
shameless crimes against Iraq and humanity a beginning of additional crimes.
``Oh Iraqis and brave men in our nation. For your sake,
the sake of our glorious nation, the sake of the banners of jihad and its
(national) religion, precious values, family and children.
``I don't want to repeat what should be and what must
be done to defend the dear nation and everything that is sacred but I will say:
``Each one of us in the family of the faithful, patient,
oppressed Iraq by its evil enemies must remember and not forget that these days
will add to earning you the glory you deserve before God.
``May the infidels, the enemies of God and humanity be
``You will be victorious, Oh Iraqis, and with you the
sons of your nation. By God's will you will be victorious and your enemies will
be ashamed and dishonored, God willing.
``Oh brave men, opposers of evil in the world. You have
noticed how the reckless Bush made light of your positions and opinions against
the war and your honest call for peace and committed his terrible crime today.
``I pledge to you, in the name of the Iraqi leadership
and the Iraqi people that Iraq will carry out jihad with the heroic army in the
Iraq of civilization, history and belief; we will fight the invaders and drive
them, God willing, to...lose their patience and lose their way ... .
``They --who have carried on with their crimes and evil
acts -- will suffer the defeat that every jealous faithful and lover of
humanity...wishes for them.
``Iraq will be victorious, and with Iraq, our nation
and humanity will be victorious and the evil will be hit to the extent that it
will no longer be able to carry out crimes and will be hit by what the
American-Zionist criminal alliance committed against nations and peoples, mainly
our glorious Arab nation.
``Allahu Akbarm Allahu Akbar (God is great). Long live
Iraq and Palestine. Long live our glorious nation and the lovers of peace,
security and the right of people to live freely on the basis of justice. Long
live jihad. long live Palestine.''
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