The Capture of Saddam Hussein

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'We Got Him'

UNITED STATES--When U.S. administrator for Iraq L. Paul Bremer spoke those words, viewers around the world rejoiced. But it was the spontaneous reaction of Iraqi journalists--who could not contain their emotions when images of the captured Saddam Hussein were flashed on a screen--that demonstrated just how important this moment is for Iraq's reconstruction.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said it best: "It removes the shadow that has been hanging over Iraqis for too long of the nightmare of a return to the Saddam regime." After all his bravado, Saddam Hussein surrendered without a shot, pulled from a hole in the ground at a farmhouse near Tikrit. His carefully cultivated image as a great and powerful ruler, supposedly like the ancient kings of Mesopotamia, continues to crumble. Far from the leader of some "nationalist" Iraqi movement, he was a frightened man on the run.

His capture doesn't mean the insurgency has ended, but it's the beginning of the end. As President Bush put it in his statement, "We still face terrorists who would rather go on killing the innocent than accept the rise of liberty in the heart of the Middle East." However, an important obstacle to the transition to Iraqi self rule has been removed. ... The U.S. has now killed or captured 40 of the other 54 Baathist criminals on its "most wanted" list. Saddam's sadistic sons are dead, his trusted lieutenants are behind bars. The next phase of the exorcism, and one that will send a powerful message to other dictators around the world, is to put Saddam and the others on trial.

--Wall Street Journal

December 15, 2003

Legitimate questions

SAUDI ARABIA--The U.S. administration has accomplished its goal of removing the Iraqi regime and arresting its leader. Yet, it has not found weapons of mass destruction. We believe that it is now absolutely necessary that it publicly and clearly state the future of its presence in Iraq, now that it has achieved its objective and captured the person it thought was a threat to its security and the security of the world.

--Al-Watan

December 15, 2003

A blow to iraqi resistence

SAUDI ARABIA--The capture of Saddam Hussein was a real and powerful blow to the Iraqi resistance, which fought the foreign occupation bravely and was drawing its strength from Saddam's remaining out of reach of the occupation forces. Saddam's capture is certainly the last nail in the coffin of the former regime. Now the Iraqi resistance faces a real test, especially after it has lost its spiritual leader. But we hope that this is a real beginning for the return of Iraq to its people and the departure of foreign troops forever.

--Al-Bilad

December 15, 2003

What is after saddam?

SAUDI ARABIA--The fact that the world without Saddam is a better one is only one side of the coin. The post-Saddam Iraq must be a free, sovereign, and independent country. If the U.S. administration is to be true to its word and intentions, then the current conditions create a golden opportunity to fulfill those promises and obligations. The transfer of autonomy to the Iraqis must be done quickly, and the occupation of Iraq must come to an end. Washington's reputation is at stake here. President Bush also has a golden opportunity to win the upcoming election if he does the right thing.

--Al-Madina

December 15, 2003

The lesson of saddam

SAUDI ARABIA--Those attacking the foreign forces in Iraq and the Iraqi politicians who are seen as puppets of the American occupation are not all Saddam Hussein loyalists as some claim. Analysts believe that there are over 30 separate groups engaged in attacking occupation forces, and some speculate that since Saddam is gone those who didn't want to be associated with him will be encouraged to join the resistance, which will take a more nationalistic form. …