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Saddam Pays Palestinian Terrorists While Iraqis "Suffer From Sanctions"
By: John Perazzo
Wednesday, May 15, 2002


THIS PAST MARCH 25 in the packed Palestine Chamber of Commerce hall, those in attendance emitted a collective, audible gasp in response to this very special announcement: Iraqi president Saddam Hussein will henceforth pay $25,000 apiece to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers. This represents a significant increase over the traditional "going rate" of $10,000 designed to help entice the rest of Yasser Arafat’s legendary "million martyrs" to volunteer for their own glorious suicidemurders. After the announcement was made, the men at the head table proceeded to call out the names of fortyseven recent "martyrs," whose surviving relatives then proudly stepped forward to sign for their checks. With these payments, Saddam’s cumulative intifadaera contributions to the families of Palestinian terrorists eclipsed the $10 million mark.
THIS PAST MARCH 25 in the packed Palestine Chamber of Commerce hall, those in attendance emitted a collective, audible gasp in response to this very special announcement: Iraqi president Saddam Hussein will henceforth pay $25,000 apiece to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers. This represents a significant increase over the traditional "going rate" of $10,000 designed to help entice the rest of Yasser Arafat’s legendary "million martyrs" to volunteer for their own glorious suicidemurders. After the announcement was made, the men at the head table proceeded to call out the names of fortyseven recent "martyrs," whose surviving relatives then proudly stepped forward to sign for their checks. With these payments, Saddam’s cumulative intifadaera contributions to the families of Palestinian terrorists eclipsed the $10 million mark.

 

In the weeks since Iraq upped its payments for suicide bombings, a dozen additional Palestinian "martyrs" have successfully struck civilian targets in Israel including one who killed twentyfive Israelis, many of them elderly, as they shared a Passover meal at a hotel. The parents of these bombers, of course, are now scheduled to receive their ample stipends from Saddam a reward for having done such a masterful job of raising the coldeyed, remorseless, savages who were once their children.

When reading the words of these parents, one is struck by the conspicuous absence of grief they express in the wake of their children’s deaths. Most commonly they convey only happiness that their offspring were fortunate enough to end their lives in the glorious pursuit of murdering as many Jews as possible. Their glee is not at all surprising, given that Yasser Arafat himself who is immensely popular among his followers regularly urges Palestinians to procreate abundantly so as to be able to donate more offspring to his intifada martyr brigade. As he stated to the residents of a West Bank refugee camp, "I call upon each and every one of you to bring into this world at least twelve children and give me ten of them in order to continue the [jihad]."

The worth of these young men’s lives is measured in terms of how many Jews they can take down with them and, oh yes, by the numbers printed on Saddam’s checks. If any of their parents do grieve, their spirits are comforted not only by their clicking coffers, but by the knowledge that their sons have gone directly to heaven to spend eternity in the company of precisely seventytwo lovely virgins. It is unclear whether a comparable reward awaits female suicide bombers who constitute an unanticipated phenomenon whose corresponding afterlife fables may not yet have been agreed upon by Muslim clerics.

Regardless of how one feels about the merits or demerits of suicide bombing as a vehicle for social change, one thing is abundantly clear: Saddam Hussein is quite willing to spend lots of money encouraging that activity. According to Mahmoud Safi, who heads a proIraqi Palestinian group called the Arab Liberation Front (ALF), Saddam has pledged "to continue supporting the [jihad] even if it means selling his own clothes." Safi explains that when he and his ALF comrades deliver Saddam’s payments to the families of northern West Bank martyrs, "we tell them that this is a gift from President Saddam and Iraq.''

But how do these enormous payments square with Saddam’s ceaseless, defiant claims that thousands of Iraqi children die each month as a result of the ongoing UN sanctions against his country? According to Iraq’s official news agency, the overall sanctionrelated death toll is closing in on two million. Even if we assume, for the sake of argument, that this preposterous number is accurate, we can only wonder how many of those lost Iraqi lives could have been saved by the $10 million now lining the pockets of Palestinian murderers’ kinfolk.

Nor do the obvious questions stop there. We must also ask, for instance, how many Iraqi lives might have been saved with the $2 billion that Saddam has spent in recent years to construct splendid palaces in tribute to himself? Or how many Iraqi deaths could have been prevented with the funds that Saddam routinely diverts from food and medical provisions, and uses instead to finance his military pursuits along with myriad lavish perks for his government personnel? Indeed, how many Iraqi lives could have been saved if Saddam had not chosen to raise military capital by selling food to other nations food that was originally destined for hungry Iraqi citizens through the UN’s oilforfood program?

Saddam’s eagerness to deliver mounds of money to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers is absolutely consistent with his demonstrable, ongoing neglect of the very countrymen about whom he publicly professes to care. Moreover, it strongly suggests that the economic plight of Iraq’s population has little to do with UN sanctions and a great deal to do with the manner in which Saddam chooses to use his capital.


John Perazzo is the Managing Editor of DiscoverTheNetworks and is the author of The Myths That Divide Us: How Lies Have Poisoned American Race Relations. For more information on his book, click here. E-mail him at WorldStudiesBooks@gmail.com