Friday, September 07, 2007

The 'Martyr' Saddam Hussein

Two posters of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on a wall in the Old City of Sana'a, capital of the Republic of Yemen. Saddam is incredibly popular largely because of the controversial (and poorly carried out) way in which he was executed by the Shi'i and Kurdish-dominated Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a member of the large Shi'i Arab political party Hizb al-Da'wa al-Islamiyya (Party of Islamic Call); da'wa refers to the "call" to Islam or missionary activities. This party is amply covered in the work of Faleh Jabar.

Rightly or wrongly Saddam has become a symbol of resistance to U.S. government policies in the Middle East and against the Iraqi government which is seem by many Yemenis and Arabs to be a puppet of the U.S. government. The ineptness of the Iraqi government has not helped matters.


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