Iraqi suicide squads in U.S.?

By WND Staff

Iraq today called on Arabs to strike at U.S. interests everywhere in response to the impending military action by Washington against Baghdad.

Iraqi Vice-President Taha Yassin Ramadan said in a news conference today: “We call for confronting the aggression and aggressors not only by the Iraqi capability but we call on all the Arab masses … to confront the material and human interests of the aggressors.”

“Iraq has a religious right to defend itself and … all Arab citizens wherever they might be have the right to fight by all available means the aggression through its representatives on their land,” he said.

His words were similar to those used in an editorial last week in the Iraqi weekly Al-Iqtisadi, owned by Saddam Hussein’s eldest son Uday, which called for the formation of suicide squads to launch broad-based sabotage operations against the United States, its friends and its interests.

“The United States practices international terrorism against the whole world,” said the report, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute. “By doing so, it turns peoples and governments into hostages, thereby causing the suspension of international activities and generating fears and instability in the international domain. This conduct has similarities with Hitler and Nazism which led the world to a world war.”

Al-Iqtisadi translates to “The Economist,” in Arabic.

“It is unlikely that the United Nations will establish an international tribunal to prosecute the U.S., but it is not difficult for any country to indict it (the U.S.) internationally and to mobilize other countries to do so despite the ridiculous international decision that protects American forces from their crimes against others,” said the editorial.

The report, published Sept. 5, continued: “The confrontation with the aggressors should transcend the means of condemnation and rejection, particularly in the Arab and Muslim street. They should use all means – and they are numerous – against the aggressors, including boycott, closing air and sea ports to civilian ships and airplanes that belong to the U.S. and its allies, striking their economic interests and establishments and considering everything American as a military target, including embassies, installations and American companies, and to create suicide-martyr squads to attack American military and naval bases inside and outside the region, and mine the waterways to prevent the movement of war ships.”