[POLITICOS] Don't Kill Saddam...

Ian Andrew Bell fork@ianbell.com
Thu, 20 Mar 2003 14:25:57 -0800


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If you really want to topple the Iraqi government, don't kill Saddam 
Hussein -- you want to kill Tariq Aziz.

Aziz is one of a very select few members of Hussein's Baath Party with 
a formal education, having studied English Literature at the University 
of Baghdad College of Fine Arts.  He joined the Baath party in the 
1950s, helping to overthrow British rule, and became a close associate 
of Saddam Hussein's during his rise to power in the 1970s.  During 
these years he edited Baath party newspapers and served as the cultural 
affairs minister.  Aziz has had full command of Iraqi foreign policy 
since 1979, and has been responsible for obtaining arms and supplies 
despite crushing sanctions imposed by the UN.

Throughout his career, Aziz has maintained close connections with the 
West, thanks to his command of the English language, his understanding 
of political and cultural imperatives throughout the English-speaking 
world, and his frequent travels and dealings with Western diplomats.  
As an individual, he has befriended and commanded the respect of every 
major Arab leader.

Aziz is successful because of another key attribute in his background:  
He is Christian.  That is to say, he was born Christian.  As such, Aziz 
himself will never be a threat to Saddam's power within the Baathist 
party, and so therefore he is trusted by Hussein.  While Hussein has 
surrounded himself with "Yes Men", Aziz has the luxury of a bond of 
trust with Hussein, and has the unique ability to tell it like it is.  
Without the counsel of Tariq Aziz, Hussein would live in an absolute 
information vacuum, having no connection with reality.  He would 
ultimately shoot himself in the foot.

Aziz is also responsible for the Iraqi strategy which ultimately 
defeated the commitment of the UN to put any bite into the bark of its 
various resolutions seeking to disarm Iraq.  If the preamble to today's 
war during 2002 was a battle of diplomats between Colin Powell and 
Tariq Aziz, the latter clearly showed his tenure and greater adeptness; 
creating rifts not only throughout the UN, but within the Security 
Council itself as well as NATO and the EU.  While the Bush 
Administration may win the war, the politics of Aziz won the peace and 
has exposed the US to international criticism and made a martyr of Iraq.

Aziz is a masterful diplomat, a skilled statesman, and Hussein's most 
crucial strategist.   You kill him, and the Baath Party will be reduced 
to a mess of thugs and thieves vying for power internally while a 
weakened Saddam struggles to understand the forces against him.

The Bush Administration clearly understands this.

Yesterday Tariq Aziz appeared at a press conference in Baghdad to quel 
rumours he had defected.  Hours later, the US launched a cruise missile 
attack designed to kill, according to US military officials, several 
key Baathists.  My suspicion is that Aziz's movements were tracked from 
the press conference by ground personnel and/or Unmanned Aerial 
Vehicles to a building, which then became a target of opportunity too 
big for the US to resist.  It's even possible that the rumours he had 
defected were started by the US in order to draw him out of hiding and 
into the light, though this is giving Bush's hawks a lot of credit.

If Aziz is killed, it will be some time before this information is 
revealed.  Iraqis know and trust Aziz, and recognize his influence on 
the outcome of any war with the West.  Killing Aziz would be a 
crippling blow to Iraqi morale, as well.

-Ian.

"You know the world is going crazy
when the best rapper is a white guy,
the best golfer is a black guy,
France is accusing the US of arrogance and
Germany doesn't want to go to war."


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If you really want to topple the Iraqi government, don't kill Saddam
Hussein -- you want to kill Tariq Aziz.


Aziz is one of a very select few members of Hussein's Baath Party with
a formal education, having studied English Literature at the
University of Baghdad College of Fine Arts.  He joined the Baath party
in the 1950s, helping to overthrow British rule, and became a close
associate of Saddam Hussein's during his rise to power in the 1970s. 
During these years he edited Baath party newspapers and served as the
cultural affairs minister.  Aziz has had full command of Iraqi foreign
policy since 1979, and has been responsible for obtaining arms and
supplies despite crushing sanctions imposed by the UN.


Throughout his career, Aziz has maintained close connections with the
West, thanks to his command of the English language, his understanding
of political and cultural imperatives throughout the English-speaking
world, and his frequent travels and dealings with Western diplomats. 
As an individual, he has befriended and commanded the respect of every
major Arab leader.


Aziz is successful because of another key attribute in his background: 
He is Christian.  That is to say, he was born Christian.  As such,
Aziz himself will never be a threat to Saddam's power within the
Baathist party, and so therefore he is trusted by Hussein.  While
Hussein has surrounded himself with "Yes Men", Aziz has the luxury of
a bond of trust with Hussein, and has the unique ability to tell it
like it is.  Without the counsel of Tariq Aziz, Hussein would live in
an absolute information vacuum, having no connection with reality.  He
would ultimately shoot himself in the foot.


Aziz is also responsible for the Iraqi strategy which ultimately
defeated the commitment of the UN to put any bite into the bark of its
various resolutions seeking to disarm Iraq.  If the preamble to
today's war during 2002 was a battle of diplomats between Colin Powell
and Tariq Aziz, the latter clearly showed his tenure and greater
adeptness; creating rifts not only throughout the UN, but within the
Security Council itself as well as NATO and the EU.  While the Bush
Administration may win the war, the politics of Aziz won the peace and
has exposed the US to international criticism and made a martyr of
Iraq.


Aziz is a masterful diplomat, a skilled statesman, and Hussein's most
crucial strategist.   You kill him, and the Baath Party will be
reduced to a mess of thugs and thieves vying for power internally
while a weakened Saddam struggles to understand the forces against him.


The Bush Administration clearly understands this.


Yesterday Tariq Aziz appeared at a press conference in Baghdad to quel
rumours he had defected.  Hours later, the US launched a cruise
missile attack designed to kill, according to US military officials,
several key Baathists.  My suspicion is that Aziz's movements were
tracked from the press conference by ground personnel and/or Unmanned
Aerial Vehicles to a building, which then became a target of
opportunity too big for the US to resist.  It's even possible that the
rumours he had defected were started by the US in order to draw him
out of hiding and into the light, though this is giving Bush's hawks a
lot of credit.


If Aziz is killed, it will be some time before this information is
revealed.  Iraqis know and trust Aziz, and recognize his influence on
the outcome of any war with the West.  Killing Aziz would be a
crippling blow to Iraqi morale, as well.


-Ian.


"<fontfamily><param>Lucida Grande</param><color><param>4747,6767,B0B0</param>You
know the world is going crazy 

when the best rapper is a white guy, 

the best golfer is a black guy, 

France is accusing the US of arrogance and 

Germany doesn't want to go to war."

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