Saddam Hussein declared the 'evil ones' will be defeated
The Iraqi leader's address was broadcast to the nation shortly after US forces launched a first attack on Baghdad.
Iraqi state television said the address was live, but it has not yet been possible to verify this.
[Saddam Hussein] In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate. To those against whom war is made, permission is given to fight because they are wronged; and verily, God is most powerful for their aid. [Koranic verse]
O great people, O splendid men, the mujahideen of our heroic Armed Forces, O sons of our glorious Arab nation. With the dawn prayer today, 17 Muharram, 1424 of the Hegira, the reckless criminal, little Bush, and his henchmen carried out their crime with which they had been threatening Iraq and humanity.
Bush's criminal deed is supported by those who sided with him. Thus, he and his followers have perpetrated further crimes to be added to the series of their despicable crimes against Iraq and humanity.
You will triumph, O Iraqis, and with you the sons of your Arab nation
O Iraqis and zealous men in our nation. Our sacrifices are for you, for the principles of our glorious Arab nation, for the jihad banners and your creed and values - our souls, kinfolk, and children. We will not repeat the duties of the splendid men and women in terms of what they must do in defence of the dear homeland and the principles and sanctities.
However, I say that every one of us in the family of Iraq - the family which is patient and faithful, and which is hated by its evil enemies - should remember all that they have said or pledged to do.
These days, whose events will be ordained by God, will add to your immortal annals. O splendid men and women, this is what you deserve in terms of glory and victory and whatever elevates your position before God. These days will humiliate the infidels, the enemies of God and humanity.
We pledge to you in our name... that we will resist the invaders.
You will triumph, O Iraqis, and with you the sons of your Arab nation will also triumph. Indeed, you are victorious and your enemies are in ignominy and shame, God willing.
[Here Saddam Hussein begins to read a poem]
Unsheathe your sword, fearless and intrepid. Unsheathe your sword so that Saturn might witness it.
Unsheathe your sword because the enemy has massed his forces. Only the sound-minded heroes will wipe them out.
Prepare your horses and give them free reins because they bring hope.
Let lightning brighten the dark skies until the true path is revealed and oppression is wiped out.
Kindle up the fire in the darkness with torches, to make the blind and stammering see his path.
Keep the fire on and make the ignominious and submissive fear it. Unsheathe your sword and let it shine; only the real man will win his rights. Raise your banners on every pole and pray to God to heal the wounds. [End poem]
O friends and those who resist evil in the world, peace be upon you. You have noticed how the reckless Bush disregarded your positions and views that you voiced against the war and disregarded your true calls for peace. He has perpetrated his macabre deed today.
We will pursue them until they lose their nerves... Now that they have indulged in their evil and crimes, they will suffer a defeat.
We pledge to you in our name, the name of the leadership, and the name of the Iraqi people and Iraq's heroic army, in the Iraq of civilization, faith, and history, that we will resist the invaders.
God willing, we will pursue them until they lose their nerves and until they lose hope in realizing what they had planned and so that they might reach the low level to which they were driven by criminal Zionism and those with vested interests. Now that they have indulged in their evil and crimes, they will suffer such a defeat that all the faithful people and those who love mankind and those who sincerely seek peace wished.
Iraq will triumph and with Iraq will our Arab nation and mankind also triumph. The evil ones will be defeated because they will be unable to perpetrate crimes and commit murder, which the US-Zionist alliance have committed against nations and peoples, especially our glorious Arab nation.
God is great. God is great. Long live Iraq and Palestine. God is great, God is great. Long live our glorious nation, human brotherhood, and those who love peace, security, and the right of people's to enjoy freedom and justice. God is great. May the lowly ones be accursed. Long live Iraq. Long live Iraq. Long live jihad and Palestine.
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