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Thursday, 8 August, 2002, 10:52 GMT 11:52 UK
Extracts from Saddam's speech
Saddam Hussein
Saddam:"Greed and arrogance lead oppressor to do injustice"
Excerpts from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's televised speech to mark the 14th anniversary of the end of the Iran-Iraq war

Regardless of details and of the nature of evolution between successive chapters in history, the lesson derived is that the present of any nation or people cannot be isolated from its past...

Among the lessons gained from the history of mankind there is the fact that greed and arrogance combined lead the oppressor to do injustice not only to others but to himself as well, once this union of greed and arrogance has misled him into a sense of undefeatable power...

Proceeding from this sick imagination, he commits the most heinous of acts and then falls down the precipice into hell.


This is the inevitable outcome awaiting all those who try to attack Arabs and Muslims - they will end up in the dustbin of history

One of the lessons of recent and distant history is that all empires and bearers of the coffin of evil, whenever they mobilised their evil against the Arab nation or the Muslim world, were themselves buried in their own coffin along with their sick dreams, arrogance and greed...

This has been the case with all empires preceding our time. If this is what history tells us about its judgement on all past eras without exception, those who are trying to ignore history now can only be described in terms which no wise or prudent person would wish.

This is the inevitable outcome awaiting all those who try to attack Arabs and Muslims. If anyone - with greed, arrogance and vanity combined - wants to learn from history, he ought to remember this fact and think again. Otherwise, he will end up in the dustbin of history...

We have never, and will never, face any aggression with the power of our weapons or the strength of our muscles, but with the strength of our faith and our belief that God always makes the faithful victorious through right against wrong...

Our mother and father are the nation and the homeland. It is on the basis of these meanings and what we have learnt from history that we took our stand in 1980 [the start of the war against Iran] to defend our people and nation against those who sought to enslave them, put them in chains and leave them to decay.

Defiance

The Iraqi people and army have been led in the same way by those who led them against the aggression and arrogance of the United States and its willing and unwilling allies from 17 January 1991, the day of the Mother of All Battles, until today.


The forces of evil shall dig their own graves after they bring death unto themselves on every Arab or Muslim land that they attack

In this way, the faithful shall remain steadfast. Darkness shall be defeated. Clouds carrying no useful rain shall clear. And the sun shall shine ushering in an endless spring, blessed by God...

The forces of evil shall carry their coffins and die of their disgraceful failure, with their schemes backfiring on their countries. Or they will dig their own graves after they bring death unto themselves on every Arab or Muslim land, including Iraq - the land of jihad, the flying flag and an honourable stance - that they attack.

The right path is for the Security Council to respond to Iraq's questions and honour its obligations under its own resolutions.

Those who use threats and aggression will only fail, even if they hit their targets...

I say this in such clear terms so that no weakling might imagine that our refusal to respond to ill talk is a sign of fear of the impudent threats.

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

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