The Capture of Saddam Hussein —
A Missionary's Perspective
by Dr. Edgar Feghaly

A Dynasty Comes To An End

On Sunday morning, December 14, 2003 the World found out that Saddam Hussein was captured. The capture and imprisonment of Saddam Hussein brought his regime to an end. After almost 30 years of ruling Iraq, Saddam's dynasty tumbled overnight and the world realized that it would never again be reborn.

If only Saddam knew that life is limited and power is only given by God for a season. The mighty Saddam who defeated Iran in the Iraqi-Iranian War, who occupied Kuwait and looted it, used chemical weapons against the Kurds and massacred his own people, and whose children raped many Iraqi girls and enslaved his own people, a dictator who thought that life and power are forever, now is in jail and lonely surrounded by interrogators. His actions and atrocities put him in the same category with Hitler and Stalin. Within days his dynasty came tumbling down and the mighty man who thought that his kingdom would last forever ended up hiding in a fox hole with no shower, no palace, and no body guards. The time of reckoning has come.

In Daniel 5:23-28 God said to Belshazzar, "But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of Heaven…God hath numbered thy kingdom and finished it…thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting…thy kingdom is divided and given (to another)."

On December 14, 2003 the American troops who were sent by God to put an end to Saddam Hussein's regime (Isaiah 13:3,5) captured Saddam Hussein. The same judgment that was pronounced on Belshazzar was pronounced on Saddam Hussein at that moment.

Questions Answered

Q- How did Saddam Hussein come to power?

A- Saddam belongs to a Sunni tribe. His hometown in Iraq is called Tikrit. He started his life by joining the Iraqi army. At a later date he overthrew the President of Iraq (with the aid of the Baath Party who believed in the resurrection of the power of the Arabs) and took over and ruled the country. He was able to succeed in ruling Iraq by building a loyal army from his own tribe and related tribes. He also removed and jailed any opposition. At the beginning he was friendly and in alliance with the Syrian Baath Party. However, a bitter split took place between the Syrian and Iraqi Regimes and the animosity increased with time.

Q- How did the Iraqi-Iranian War affect Saddam?

A- When Khomeini took control of Iran, Saddam Hussein felt that the time had come for him to take back the land controlled by Iran but considered by Saddam as part of Iraq. Taking advantage of the weakening Iranian army due to the ousting of the King of Iran by Khomeini, the Iraqi army moved in and occupied the territory declaring that this land was restored to its original owners (Iraq). This led to a war that lasted for several years and killed and injured about 3 million people. At the end, Saddam won the war.

Q- Why did the world support Saddam Hussein during the Iraqi-Iranian War?

A- The West was afraid that should Iran win the war the Iranian Fundamental Islamic army might conquer and occupy all Gulf countries and put their hands on the oil.

Q- Why did Saddam occupy Kuwait?

A- 1. He felt that Kuwait should have forgiven the Iraqi debts.

2. He thought that he protected Kuwait from Iran during the Iraqi-Iranian War and therefore the Kuwaitis must pay him for defending them.

3. He wanted to expand his dynasty believing that the West will not go to war against him.

Q- How did the Gulf war affect Saddam?

A- It made him more vicious and led him to commit unbelievable atrocities against his own people. Any person suspected by Saddam to be pro-West was killed on the spot.

He also moved and massacred many of the Shiite, spreading fear among them and terrorized the Kurds so that no one will stage a coup against him.

Q- Was Saddam a true Moslem?

A- No. Saddam was a Socialist. At the beginning of his life he was a moderate Moslem, was good to the Christian Caldeans, Assyrians and treated the nominal Christians well because they were a minority and he wanted them to be on his side. However, after the Gulf war, Saddam tried to change his image by appealing to the Sunni Muslims trying to convince them that he is a true Sunni. For example, in Baghdad after the Gulf war he began the construction of the largest Mosque in the world (according to Iraqi reports) and began to pray 5 times per day. In spite of this change, he continued not to allow the Moslem women to put the veil.

Q- Did Udai Saddam Hussein, the son of Saddam Hussein, really become a Christian? Certain people called me and told me that they heard that Udai Hussein accepted Christ as his Savior and died with the Bible in his hand. Is this true?

A- All indications show that Udai Saddam Hussein was as vicious and cruel as his father. In Baghdad there is a building designated to house the women that Udai raped. Because the Iraqi football team lost the championship during the international competition, Udai severely punished every one of them. Also, when the coalition forces entered his palace they found sexual materials and videos of wild parties that took place in his own palace. This continued after the attempt on his life. To say that Udai Hussein has accepted Christ and died with the Bible in his hand is untrue. This is by the testimony of the believers who live in Iraq and suffered from the children of Saddam Hussein.

Q- Many are saying that America took over Iraq in order to put their hands on the Iraqi. Is this true? Did America take Iraq for the oil?

A- In February of 2003 when President Housni Mubarak of Egypt was asked this question, his answer was that America already controls the oil and administrates it in Iraq and the Middle East. So they do not need to invade Iraq to put their hands on the oil.

Q- Why then did America go to war against Iraq?

A- I believe that America went to Iraq in order to establish a sample regime that will be ideal and a good example for other Arab countries to follow after. It seems that America's objective is to establish a multi-religious democracy with a constitution that gives equality to all minorities who live in the land. This system will be applied all over the Middle East so that Arab nations will enjoy prosperity, equality, no persecution by one group against the other, and freedom of religion. It seems to me that ultimately the West would like to see an Arab common market that will be similar to the European common market.

Q- Will the capture of Saddam Hussein put an end to the violence in Iraq?

A- Yes. Saddam's dynasty will never come back to life because the king is already in jail and has lost his power. Eventually those who are attacking will come to their senses. As for the Moslem extremists who are taking advantage of the chaotic situation to attack and kill Iraqi military and Iraqi police, the Iraqi people are going to get tired of them and report them to the American military.

Q- Who are attacking the coalition forces and the Iraqi police and why?

A- The Sunnis ruled Iraq from the first day of its independence until today. This will change under the new regime because the Sunnis are a minority and the Shiite are a majority. It seems that those who used to be in power fear that they are about to lose their grip and that is why they are instigating the violence.

Q- Are the Iraqi people optimistic or pessimistic about their future?

A- The Iraqis see that the future of their country is glorious and that eventually Iraq will become very prosperous. The vast majority of Iraqis would like to see a multi-party parliamentary democracy such as is in most European countries and some Asian countries. Only 10% prefer Islamic theocracy according to statistics taken by USA Today, Friday, September 26, 2003.

Regarding The Ministry In Iraq

Q- What are some of the needs?

Our goal is to see churches planted in different Iraqi cities. Many Arab Independent Baptist churches and Iraqi Christians are standing behind our ministry and helping us.

Our greatest need today is to buy a piece of property in Baghdad for our church and a Bible college.




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