I Have A Dream Hamid Alkifaey

I would like to begin by saying how wonderful it is to be here at Queen Mary College, University of London. It is a great privilege to be with you all. I do not know if it is a coincidence that we are here at the ‘Chemical Building’ in order to discuss the dangers of chemical weapons. It is indeed an appropriate place for such a discussion.  The issue of Iraq is very complex and it has a history behind it. You will never understand it fully, unless you understand the recent history of Iraq, and how Saddam Hussein got in power and how he kept it. And to cut a long story short, Iraq has been ruled over the last three and a half decades by a secret organization called erroneously, the Ba’ath Party. This organisation has used every method you can think of, and every method you cannot think of, to stay in power.                                                                          ...  المزيد

The Guardian Interview with Hamid Alkifaey

Interview with Hamid Ali Alkifaey The Guardian 4/2/2003 I was in Iraq until the end of 1980 and I left after Saddam Hussein took over, after he had murdered half of the leadership of his party. It looked as if the country was entering a new phase which was a terrifying one to every Iraqi in the country, some of whom were forced to carry arms and be part of the popular army. Most people had to carry Saddam’s photographs and badges. Professors were forced to walk in the street carrying candles on Saddam’s birthday. It was a terrorist takeover in 1979. The population of Iraq have been living in fear ever since. I had to leave my family, which was destroyed. I had a brother killed and I feared I would be murdered too. I saw some of my secondary school peers murdered. Five of them were led out of class and murdered for no obvious reasons apart from their disagreement with Saddam Hussein, and his methods of ruling the country by...  المزيد

Hamid Ali Alkifaey: Throw out Saddam and free my nation

Throw out Saddam and free my nation The Independent, 19/9/2002 I left Iraq 22 years ago. There was no way I could live any longer under the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein. The Iran-Iraq war was just beginning and I, luckily, managed to get a visa to come to Britain as a student. I remember thinking that I would have gone anywhere, India, Rwanda, even Afghanistan, to get away from Saddam. It was a huge struggle, financially and mentally. I know that many people tried to leave after me; few succeeded. Saddam Hussein has destroyed my family and effectively sent me into exile. When I was recently asked by the Fabian Society to give a talk about the nature of the threat that Saddam Hussein represents, I didn’t know where to start. Should I begin by describing how Saddam committed his first murder at the age of 15? Should I talk about how he and his party took over Iraq in 1968, killing innocent businessmen and confiscating their property,...  المزيد
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