Saddam Hussein's daughter returns to Iraqi politics?

Saddam Hussein's daughter returns to Iraqi politics?

Saddam Hussein's daughter returns to Iraqi politics?

The possibility of Saddam Hussein's return to Iraqi politics has provoked strong protests from Iraqi members of parliament, following an interview with Al Arabiya TV.

Television channels in the Arab world have been the scene of political debate and tension in the region for many years. The political programs of these channels are often popular, but it is not uncommon to see more than 100 million programs in a few days, which leads to political and diplomatic disputes between the countries of the region.

Raghd Saddam Hussein, the eldest daughter of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, now 52, ​​was interviewed last week on the Arab channel Al Arabiya in six episodes. This conversation was made by Al-Arabiya host Sohaib Sharair in his studio in Jordan. Raghad, who lives in Jordan, is currently trying to find a place in the Arab political arena.

In this detailed discussion, Raghad spoke about both present-day Iraq and childhood memories. But perhaps one of his sentences became the most controversial. Asked if he saw a return to politics in Iraq, he said: "Everything is possible."

The prospect of Saddam Hussein's return to Iraqi politics has provoked strong protests from members of parliament. Under pressure from some members of parliament, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia and Jordan to warn them of the interview.

In defense of the father

Raghad was born in 1968. A year before his birth, Iraq, along with other Arab countries, was defeated by Israel in a historic six-day war. But Raghad was still in her mother's womb when Iraqi President Abdel-Rahman Arif, who shared the historic defeat of al-Naksha with his more famous Egyptian counterpart Gamal Abdel Nasser, was killed in a July 17 uprising by the Ba'athist party. Was deposed. Saddam Hussein, 31, who two years ago organized a major split in the Ba'ath party and ousted Iraqi Ba'athists. The Ba'ath party in Damascus was now in the hands of the Marxists, and in Baghdad the Ba'ath party was moving to become a security organization in which the young Saddam played a key role.

Saddam's wife was pregnant at the time of the uprising. Earlier, she gave birth to two sons, Uday and Qissa, who were four and two years old at the time. The next birth was Saddam's first daughter.

The Ba'ath party called itself the "Socialist" and was considered to represent the latest values. However, Saddam's family was very traditional. Saddam's marriage to his niece was arranged by the elders of the family, and Raghad grew up in an environment in which the Tikrit tribe played a key role.

In a recent interview, Raghad said she married Hussein Kamil al-Majeed at the age of 15, a soldier close to his father and 14 years older than him. In Baghdad, under the tutelage of Saddam's family, Raghad grew up with his two brothers. However, after graduating from high school, she managed to get into university despite opposition. In Saddam's family, Raghad became an influential figure along with his two younger sisters, Reina and Hala.

The most surprising part of last week's conversation is where Raghad talks about the conflict between her father and her husband. As a result of this conflict, Mr. Majeed fled to Jordan in 1995 with Raghad. He eventually returned to Iraq less than a year later and died in a family feud amid mistrust. Rumors have been circulating for years that Raghad persuaded her husband to return to Iraq and promised him that her father would not punish her.

Raghad explained that her older brother played a key role in the death of her husband, who was called a traitor. To the surprise of many viewers, Raghd did not shed tears or express much emotion while telling the story. She lamented her husband's death, but stressed that the love she had for her father could not be compared to any other emotion. He also defended his father's rule. This is certainly not to the liking of thousands of Iraqis who remember the widespread human rights abuses under Saddam.

After years of occupation

In modern Arabic, 'occupation' has a special emotional meaning, especially since it usually refers to the occupation of Arab lands by Israel. In the conversation, Raghad repeatedly used the same term that referred to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and described the difficult days in which he and his family fled the country, first to Syria and then to Jordan. ۔ It sheltered him and other members of Saddam's family and thousands of former Ba'athists. The city of Raghd, home to at least 120,000 Iraqi refugees and millions of Palestinians, is still alive and well. In Oman, perhaps more than anywhere else in the world, a picture of Saddam Hussein can be found in the back corner of markets and shops and cars.

The family's two eldest sons, Adi Hussein and Qusay Hussein, were killed during the US-led invasion of Iraq, making Raghad the family's eldest. He played a key role in defending his father in court. In a recent interview, he said that his father's execution in December 2006 was the most difficult moment of his life.

What has Raghd been doing all these years? Many former Ba'athist army officers who considered themselves loyal to Saddam Hussein played a key role in the formation of ISIS. Opponents of Raghad claim to have defended the group, which has taken action against the new Iraqi government. Even in August 2014, when ISIS was on the rise, the German weekly magazine Draschpiegel published a report entitled "The Godmother of Terrorism", claiming that it had amassed millions of dollars in retaliation. It was given to ISIS. The report's author, Rania Saleem, writes about Raghad's luxurious life: from his bodyguards to the city's most famous cosmetic surgeon for nose, chest and dark eye surgery. ۔ She plans to return to power.

In a recent conversation, Raghad tried to paint a different picture of himself. He has long dominated the political scene on Twitter. He also touched on the hearts of many Iraqis about how Iranian forces used space in Iraq to strengthen their foothold. Especially where he said, "The Iranians have invaded Iraq because of a lack of real power."

There has been a strong reaction to Raghad's interview in Baghdad. Liberation Movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr stressed that Saddam's family could not return to Iraq. "We remember the massacre of Saddam and the mass graves and the amputation of his ears and hands," he said.

Muqtada called on the Iraqi parliament and government to activate the Ba'ath Commission and prevent the return of Raghd's supporters.

The president is making these remarks on the eve of this year's elections. Iraq is now at a historic juncture. The country is heading for a major election in October this year.

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