Thursday, May 08, 2003

We will welcome them with bullets and shoes

Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, the Iraqi Minister of Information, is one of the funniest people I know. Even days after American forces penetrated the perimeter of Baghdad, he still denied that troops were even in the country. Every time he was questioned he would deny the presence of troops and say that it was a big publicity stunt - that the entire war was just a lie.

This was always very funny because the news would show the footage of the troops driving right past the "Now entering Baghdad" sign and then show his comment right afterwards. I just think it is incredible how willing Iraq's leaders are to lie to the world. Even with undeniable proof, they still stand by their lies and deny all evidence, claiming that the western world is sinful and deceitful.

Here are just a few of my favorite Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf quotes. I've been collecting these for a while now. You will clearly see what an idiot this guy is and laugh at a few of these:

- "No American infidels in Baghdad. Never!"
- "My feelings, as usual, we will slaughter them all"
- "No I am not scared. And neither should you be!"
- "God will roast their stomachs in hell at the hands of Iraqis!"
- "I now inform you that you are too far from reality"
- "The American press is all about lies! All they tell is lies, lies, lies!"
- "Our initial assessment is that they will all die"
- "They're coming to surrender or be burned in their tanks."
- "Be assured. Baghdad is safe, protected"
- "Who are in control, they are not in control of anything - they don't even control themselves!"
- "We are not afraid of the Americans. Allah has condemned them. They are stupid. They are stupid" (dramatic pause) "and they are condemned."
- "We have destroyed 2 tanks, fighter planes, 2 helicopters and their shovels - We have driven them back."
- "I have detailed information about the situation...which completely proves that what they allege are illusions . . . They lie every day."
- "Lying is forbidden in Iraq. President Saddam Hussein will tolerate nothing but truthfulness as he is a man of great honor and integrity. Everyone is encouraged to speak freely of the truths evidenced in their eyes and hearts."
- "Washington has thrown their soldiers on the fire"
- "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."
- "They're not even [within] 100 miles [of Baghdad]. They are not in any place. They hold no place in Iraq. This is an illusion ... they are trying to sell to the others an illusion."
- "They are nowhere near the airport ..they are lost in the desert...they can not read a compass...they are retarded."
- "They are not in Baghdad. They are not in control of any airport. I tell you this. It is all a lie. They lie. It is a hollywood movie. You do not believe them."
- "You can go and visit those places. Nothing there, nothing at all. There are Iraqi checkpoints. Everything is okay."

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