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Ecerpts From Saddam’s Speech With AM-Gulf Rdp, Bjt

January 6, 1991

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Following are excerpts of Sunday’s televised speech by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The speech was distributed by the Iraqi News Agency and translated from the Arabic by The Associated Press.

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Every year, on the sixth of January, we celebrate Army Day, the anniversary of the army of the nation in the Great Iraq. We also reflect on the past, look at our present and project into the future and the pride, sovereignty, liberation and victory that satisfies God that is awaiting us in a world whose lands are infested with scorpions, snakes, hypocrisy, and oppression and its oceans and seas filled with ... sharks waiting for their prey...

This day has become a blessed occasion for Arabs in this phase as it has become a synonym of a glory illuminating the struggle of our kinfolk, the heroes of the stone in dear Palestine ...

What a great pride it is, dear comrades in arms, that we belong to a march crowned with glory and satisfying God... In this struggle that you are leading, you are fighting against social and economic oppression, against discrimination ... against the oppression pacticed by foreign (powers) ... against double standards, corruption and hegemony...

For these reasons, the battle in which you are locked today is the mother of all battles.

Let no one be deceived. The battle against the tyranny represented by the United States and the slogans of hegemony it is raising on the international and regional level and against the forces of infidelity so they be ousted from our holy lands is not expected to be a short one.

In one battle you had prepared a historical opportunity for which our forefathers had longed and died without witnessing it. That was the return of Kuwait to its Iraqi motherland - a reality, not a wish or a claim, that made it the 19th province of the treasured political map of Iraq for the present and future times...

It is indeed a source of great pride to accomplish more than one goal in a single showdown. Together with the heroes of stones you have transformed the possibility of ousting the invaders into a tangible and visible reality. Our rendezvous with victory is very near, God willing...

Praise be to God, we are fortunate that this army has ... grown to accomplish all its goals and take on the enemy within the borders of the homeland with all that has been placed at its disposal by the sons of this homeland...

A battle of such scope requires great sacrifices both in qualtity and quantity irrespective of the foreseen and unforeseen consequences, which will no doubt please the friend and anger the enemy.

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