December 15, 2003
is an excellent day
April 9, Hassam Hadad watched live television coverage
of U.S. marines pulling down a statue of Saddam Hussein
in Baghdad and said it seemed like a dream. Eight months
later he sat glued to the television watching coverage
of the only thing better than the dream: the capture
of Saddam Hussein himself.
Hadad watches the television coverage of the capture
of Saddam Hussein.
is an excellent day, he said.
know I can go back to Iraq in the future and help my
country prosper without fear, because theres no
way Saddam will ever be back to torture the people.
an Iraqi expatriot and economics student at Dalhousie
University, said he first heard about Husseins
capture at 6:30 a.m. yesterday and didnt stop
watching the news all day.
said his family in Baghdad, including his brother and
mother who are visiting there, were elated about the
amazing (in Baghdad), everybodys just going crazy
over there, he said. Everybodys really
happy, and theyre firing off their guns in celebration.
Iraqi families in Halifax had previously criticized
U.S. President George W. Bush for the Iraq invasion,
but Hadad supported the military action as a means to
the end of Husseins rule.
half a million Iraqis tried to get rid of Hussein before
the U.S. invasion and paid with their lives for it,
proved we couldnt do it alone and so we accepted
that we needed the coalition to get rid of Saddam Hussein....