October 29, 2005
— Ace Hussein himself agreed to the plan of peaceful exile to avoid the war. "Leaders" of Arab countries vetoed it. The US indicated its support of the plan (indeed, George W. Bush specifically gave Saddam the option of peaceful exile in his prewar ultimatum).
Under the plan, Saddam & Co. would have departed Iraq for the UAE, with the promise of freedom of prosecution for their myriad crimes.
So if Arabs don't like the war, they can blame the tyrants who rule them.
It is not explained why the deal was rejected. The obvious theory is that the other tyrants in the Arab world did not want the precedent of one of their own being forced into exile by a US ultimatum, and wanted the removal, if unavoidable, to be costly and bloody, so as to make it the last one.
Posted by: Jake at October 29, 2005 02:40 PM (r/5D/)
I certainly understand why they would oppose it. But they also opposed the invasion and their opposition didn't mean a damned thing. How, exactly, did they prevent that deal from taking place?
My suspicion is that the report is wrong, and that Saddam hadn't actually agreed to it.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 29, 2005 02:55 PM (CJBEv)
Posted by: Sam Boogliodemus at October 29, 2005 02:55 PM (MANw6)
That he survived that engagement to defy us, no matter how lamely, was the source of a lot of pride and fueled the belief that we could be safely provoked because we wouldn't or couldn't follow through on the response. That's one of the reasons it was important for us to finally put this bastard to bed, and the previously held belief that the Americans only rattle their sabres is one of the unfortunate reasons Saddam's neighbors didn't take him in.
Then again, the thought of him sipping coffee in exile instead of facing a noose rankles. Probably worth it if it could have avoided combat, but I feel better knowing he's both deposed AND facing justice.
Posted by: Sortelli at October 29, 2005 03:05 PM (tHvzT)
No ..... scooter did it, I cannot tell a lie.
Send Wilson to investurbate
Posted by: Elmo at October 29, 2005 03:06 PM (NVEZI)
Yup. Si vis pacem, para bellum.
The best guaranty of peace is obviously the will and the means to crush your rivals. It takes a special kind of stupid to require that self-evident lessons be be taught and retaught. Our will has been in question for decades thanks to our internal rivals. If we are bleeding for any mistake at all, it is for having been too reluctant to do what we needed to make examples of our enemies.
We had better not make that mistake this time.
Posted by: VRWC Agent at October 29, 2005 03:23 PM (R8TOH)
Posted by: VRWC Agent at October 29, 2005 03:26 PM (R8TOH)
Posted by: lauraw at October 29, 2005 03:51 PM (M7kiy)
Hey, has anybody been reading the Mesopotamian lately?
"This is not resistance to occupation (an occupation that does not exist), as some like to call it, nor is it an “insurgency” with any clear objective except some vague and false slogans; it is essentially racist and sectarian hate crimes. That’s what it is without doubt."
I like the guy....he is getting to be more Western sounding every day...
Posted by: lauraw at October 29, 2005 03:55 PM (M7kiy)
Even if it did happen as reported in this story, who cares? As exemplified by the rejection by all Arab states of millions of Palestinians when they had the chance to take them from Israeli-occupied land, they show once again just how compassionate their religion is when the chips are down.
They've had their butts whupped often enough, they don't cotton to publicly and openly helping anyone but #1, and that's just fine. In spite of the America-haters here at home celebrating 2000 deaths, we'll still be standing when it's all over.
Posted by: Carlos at October 29, 2005 05:49 PM (Vd5xZ)
More likely is that the deal was never fully done.
Posted by: Aaron at October 30, 2005 05:43 AM (TFeKS)
Aren't you the one who is always saying, "Thanks to Allah"?
(And if you want to be grammatically incorrect, it's, "Thanks be to Allah.")
Posted by: rd at October 30, 2005 06:04 AM (lpbk9)
Posted by: Rightwingsparkle at October 30, 2005 06:24 AM (CtDzx)
So the reason the Arab League was able to kill this deal was that it refused to help with that latter part of it.
And thank goodness, too. The result would have been a catastrophe for us by comparison to what actually did occur. I'm rather amazed that the Bush administration was even willing to consider this silly offer.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 30, 2005 09:54 AM (CJBEv)
Oh, by the way, I just heard al-Jazeera report that Libby is innocent. Quick, start posting!
Posted by: Chris at October 30, 2005 05:39 PM (elnyq)
Posted by: spongeworthy at October 31, 2005 04:33 AM (uSomN)
I think questioning why this story comes out now is hardly quoting them like they are the world of God.
We don't trust them too much. Isn't that obvious?
Posted by: Rightwingsparkle at October 31, 2005 05:25 AM (CtDzx)
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