Iraqi Information minister Mohammed
Saeed al-Sahaf (Sahhaf)
"Reports of my death have been greatly exagerated"
Like many other armchair
watchers of the war in Iraq, I found myself "almost" believing Mohammed
saeed al-sahaf aka M..S.S the iraq information minister. Mohammed
His delivery had a maniacal wryness, that many found mesmerizing, the sheer
outrageousness of the lies he was telling, must place M.S.S. at the top of
the list of the world's greatest porky pie tellers...
A few examples here:
"Lies as art"
"They're coming to surrender or be burned in their tanks."
"I think the British nation has never been faced with a tragedy like
this fellow [Blair]."
Britain "is not worth an old shoe"
"We're giving them a real lesson today.
Heavy doesn't accurately describe the level of casualties we have inflicted."
"The United Nations....[is] a place for prostitution
under the feet of
"Today, the tide has turned, we are destroying them. "
"They are sick in
their minds. They say they brought 65 tanks into center
of the city. I say to you this talk is not true. This is part of their sick
"We have destroyed
50 tanks today. Thats 5-ohhh tanks" [while holding up his fingers]
"They are superpower
of villains. They are superpower of Al Capone."
Americans are "wild
"The infidels are committing suicide by the hundreds on the gates of
Baghdad... Be assured, Baghdad is safe, protected. Iraqis are heroes."
"As our leader
Saddam Hussein said, 'God is grilling their stomachs in hell."
"They tried to bring
a small number of tanks and personnel carriers in through al-Durah but they
were surrounded and most of their infidels had their throats cut."
"We made them drink
poison last night"
"Saddam Hussein's soldiers
and his great forces gave the Americans a lesson which will not be forgotten
by history. Truly."
"God willing, I will
provide you with more information. I swear by God, I swear by God, those who
are staying in Washington and London have thrown these mercenaries in a crematorium."
"There are no Iraqis
disguising themselves""we have given them a sour taste"
Of US troops: "They
are most welcome. We will butcher them."
"We will welcome them
with bullets and shoes."
"We are in control.
They are in a state of hysteria. Losers, they think that by killing civilians
and trying to distort the feelings of the people they will win. I think they
will not win, those bastards."
We have placed them
in a quagmire from which they can never emerge except dead
"Washington has thrown
their soldiers on the fire"
"I can assure you that
those villains will recognize, will discover in appropriate time in the future
how stupid they are and how they are pretending things which have never taken
"They will come and
we will slap them about the head and then kick them on their backsides when
About Bush: "the leader
of the international criminal gang of bastards."
"We are in control. They are in a state of hysteria. Losers,
they think that by killing civilians and trying to distort the feelings of
the people they will win. I think they will not win, those bastards."
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"There are no American infidels in
Self-deluded? Cunning? Or just downright
comical? Whatever one's view of Iraqi Information Minister, Mohammed Saeed
al-Sahaf, one can't deny his style.
Since Saddam Hussein went to ground, the clean-shaven, bespectacled Minister
has become the public face and voice of the Iraqi regime, setting new standards
of anti-American vitriol. "Blood-sucking bastards", ignorant imperialists,
losers and fools are among his descriptions of the US and UK leaders. Undaunted
by Coalition successes, he is apt to flatly deny what viewers around the world
can see unfolding on their TV screens.
Holding a press briefing yesterday on the roof of the Information Ministry,
he told reporters that Baghdad was safe, and that US troops were "committing
suicide" at the gates, despite black smoke billowing behind him, and
the sound of fighting echoing around the capital.
Sahaf (63), who once trained to be an English
teacher, was Iraq's foreign minister for almost a decade and ambassador to
India, Italy and the United Nations.
Considered close to Saddam but not part of the ruling elite, he has been used
in the past to deliver some of Iraq's more conciliatory messages, such as
an apology late last year to the people of Kuwait for the 1990 invasion of
their country. His daily broadcasts from Baghdad - dubbed The al-Sahaf Show
- have made him an unlikely media star, and hero to many in the Arab world.
However, Faisal Salman, managing editor of the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir,
notes viewers "don't exactly pause at what he says as much as they are
eager to listen to his funny words".
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"We made them drink poison last
have given them a sour taste"
"They are most welcome. We will butcher them."